Joshua: ‘Fury’s Just Another Opponent’
As rumors continue to grow on a potential Tyson Fury v. Anthony Joshua bout, everyone is looking to give their take on the situation. Some want the two to fight right away while others are making their predictions known. Should Joshua, the IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBO heavyweight Champion, be worried about the WBC Heavyweight Champion in Fury?
According to Joshua (23-1), he is ready for anything.
“You know what? There will be even bigger [fights in my career] because I’m not going anywhere. I’m here to make history. I’m hungry, I’m fired up, Fury’s just another opponent at the end of the day,” Joshua stated, via Boxing Scene. “It’s going to be big for everyone else but I’ve got to keep myself together and I look at Fury like he’s just another fighter.”
Joshua last fought in December, beating Andy Ruiz Jr. in a rematch from their June bout inside Madison Square Garden. After losing in an upset, Joshua rebounded by winning a one-sided affair in Saudi Arabia. Dealing with adversity, Joshua believes his experience will help him in a fight against Fury.
Fury (30-0-1) has called out Joshua many times. The WBC Heavyweight Champion beat Deontay Wilder in February to claim the title. A lineal champion, Fury and Wilder fought to a draw in 2018. This time around, Fury outclassed Wilder. Fury believes this fight with Joshua will help cement his already-growing legacy.
As far as the fight between those two go, Bob Arum and Eddie Hearn are adamant the fight should be with fans. They consider it a huge event that deserves attention. Joshua happens to agree.
“Yeah in terms of the spectacle, the trash talk, two juggernauts coming together, I can’t wait. I’ve tasted what being on top of that mountain tastes like, I’ve tasted what being knocked off tastes like and I’ve climbed back up,” Joshua went on to say.
The 30-year-old must first get past Kubrat Pulev. The two were supposed to fight in June, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus. Now a potential September bout is on the table. Like all of his fights, Joshua will be ready, and when the time comes for Fury, his mindset will be the same.
“Whoever steps in front of me now will know I’m not looking to go back down,” Joshua went on to say. “When I’m fighting Pulev or when the opportunity to fight Fury for the WBC Title, they’re going to see what it’s like for a man to lose it all and won it back, a man that’s experienced those turbulences doesn’t want to go through that again.”