Anthony Joshua has broken his silence on Tyson Fury’s emphatic heavyweight championship win over Deontay Wilder.
Fury stopped Wilder in the seventh round in Las Vegas on Saturday night to gain the WBC belt and mean that all heavyweight belts are owned by Brits.
Joshua currently holds the WBA, IBF and WBO straps having regained them by beating Andy Ruiz in his own rematch in December.
Fury fought Wilder having previously met him in December 2018, when the fight was ruled a controversial draw with many believing the Gypsy King had won.
And now Joshua has spoken out on the impressive performance from Fury.
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Posting on his Instagram story, Joshua put up two pictures, both captioned “GLADIATOR”.
The first is of Fury with his Nigeria gumshield, which had been seen by some as a dig towards Joshua.
The second image is of Wilder in his corner with his neck being iced by his team.
It appears there is plenty of respect from AJ towards both competitors, though whether an undisputed bout between Fury and Joshua will happen remains to be seen.
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Though Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is confident that a bout can be agreed with the Watford star set to fight Kubrat Pulev in the summer.
Hearn said: ”For me, we should go straight into AJ v Fury next. No one wants to see a third fight [between Fury and Wilder].
"Top Rank [who promote Fury] promote Pulev so this maybe our chance to make sure it's undisputed.
“We will never get this opportunity in this sport to do this again with two Brits.
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“I’ve already spoken to AJ – he wants to go straight into this fight next. He loves the Tyson fight, he has has zero fear of fighting Tyson Fury.
“He has been through everything already and he wants to be undisputed and this is the chance for our sport to have one of those legacy moments that we will never get the opportunity to have again.
“I promise you we will do everything we can to make this fight. It has to happen.”
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