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Why I attacked Tyson Fury - Anthony Joshua

15 November 2017

If he was to return against Joshua, or even Deontay Wilder, then he would have to be more cautious, given his opponent's extraordinary knockout rate - of which they have 58 knockout from 59 fights between them.

Talks for a world heavyweight title unification fight between the pair have begun with Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn flying to NY last week to meet with Wilder representatives.

Anthony Joshua says that his decision to hit out at Tyson Fury on Twitter was brought about by a need to "fight fire with fire", ESPN reports.

Speaking courtesy of Sports Tonight/Dubai Eye 103.8, Joshua said when asked if the Wilder fight is the one he wants next year: "Yeah why not?" I've always handled my business with negotiations behind closed doors.

"When I negotiate the fight and once it's done, I will announce it".

"I am not in the business of making promises that I can't fulfil".

Anthony Joshua is confident he will fight Deontay Wilder next year if the American's camp are realistic with their demands.

Anthony Joshua laughing
BOX NATION Joshua is set to fight the American in 2018

"It is simple business". 100 per cent. It's something that we're taking time to do and actually doing right now.

"It would be great to see him back because it's not about what he says, it's just the fact people want to see him back".

Wilder (39-0-38KO) is a big puncher who has only been the distance once in his undefeated career - against Bermane Stiverne in 2015 and he finished Stiverne inside one round of their rematch earlier this month.

Former Olympic gold medallist Joshua is widely regarded as the world's best heavyweight following his epic victory over long-time heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley in April.

"I try to be professional but remember this is a fighting sport and you have to meet fire with fire now and again".

He did appear to be taking things a little more seriously though in another clip, as he trained with Ben Davison in Ricky Hatton's gym in Hyde.

"At the minute, I'm a prospect, and I know what the future holds, but I'll just keep a lid on all this for now because we've still got so far to go".

Why I attacked Tyson Fury - Anthony Joshua