Boxing: ‘I have fought better opponents before,’ says Anthony Joshua ahead of mega-bout with Tyson Fury

Former Champion Bernard Hopkins believes AJ has the edge to beat Fury

‘I have fought better opponents before,’ says Anthony Joshua ahead of a mega-bout with Tyson Fury

Anthony Joshua says he is ready to fight Tyson Fury, claiming that Fury could be heading to retirement soon.

In what is set to be a fierce clash between the two British heavyweight boxers, Joshua has taken a swipe at his opponent.

Joshua stated that Fury could be on his way to retirement soon after his 12-year career in boxing.

The two are hoping to clash in a highly-anticipated mega-fight next year that would see the winner crowned as the undisputed champion, with the fighters holding all five world title belts between them.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Joshua said:

‘Fury has been professional much longer than me. He should be looking to retire soon.

‘If he wants to cement his legacy, I’m here and ready. I’ve built myself into this position.’

‘I’ll challenge Fury, I’ll challenge Wilder,’ he said. ‘These guys aren’t the biggest names that I’ve fought on my record anyway. They are just another heavyweight.

‘Look at my record. They are not the best fighters that I have challenged. When they are ready, I’m here to fight.’

The IBF, WBA, WBO, and IBO champion has enjoyed a fairytale rise to the top of boxing having savored wins over Dillian Whyte, Wladimir Klitschko Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin, and a rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr.

And while the British star is eager to prove his worth by fighting WBC champion Fury and Deontay Wilder, he insists his record proves that he has faced stronger opponents.

Both Joshua and Fury have obstacles to get past if they are to set up a clash next year. The Watford-born star has a mandatory fight against Kubrat Pulev, which still does not have a designated venue after their April bout at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was postponed.

Fury, meanwhile, must see off Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fight, slated for later this year in the US.