Why I attacked Tyson Fury - Anthony Joshua

Why I attacked Tyson Fury - Anthony Joshua

"It's seems like this is the grand finale".

Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter, flew out to the United States last week for talks with WBC heavyweight champion Wilder's promoters over a unification fight. Fury on the other hand, must sort out his suspension with UK Anti-Doping, who claim the boxer tested positive for a banned substance in early 2015.

"The only fear is that Joshua doesn't get beat beforehand", Fury added.

Fury was scathing about Joshua's last performance against Carlos Takam on October 28.

Meanwhile, Fury has been back in the gym as he recently posted footage of him in a session working the pads.

"Once you reach an elite level in any sport, you're going to meet stiff competition", Joshua told UAE radio station Dubai Eye 103.8.

"Sometimes if a dog barks at you so many times, the other dog needs to bite back and make sure the other dog puts his tail between his legs".

A potential superfight with former champion Tyson Fury has also been discussed and Joshua feels it could be a landmark year in his career.

"I'm not one of these dogs that stay in the garden barking for hours, I make my noise - and that's it - until we fight I don't need to be hollering and yelling for days and for months". That's not what I like to do. "Once I knock out "the whale" - that's what I call Fury - I bet that Wladimir Klitschko will come back [to fight me]".

He addressed Joshua directly: "To be honest with you my old mate, I don't need to get fit for somebody like you at all ... even at 25 stone".

Meanwhile, Wilder, the American boasting a 39-0 record (38KOs) goaded AJ on Instagram - asking him to "fight or shut up". We have managed to defend this title five times. "He shot some words at me on Twitter but he's scared of me".

"As far as his depression, I've got love for him".

"[You're] Always banging on about your loss to AJ and how great he is, at the end of they day you lost to AJ by TKO in what was a 50-50 fight right until the end".

"He is definitely a possible opponent for 2018".

For him, the warm climates of the UAE and the company of a handful of friends is the flawless place to reflect on the season and look forward to the next 12 months. I'm not a stage where my body's packing up on me. I'm this, I'm that - when I haven't got it. "So it is nice, I'm willing to give a lot more of myself".

Hearn revealed he has held talks with Wilder's team and that one aspect everyone agrees on is to schedule the fight for next year.

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