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“Come and fight me” – Anthony Joshua calls out Tyson Fury

World Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua has challenged Tyson Fury to a “come and fight me” unification bout between the pair.

Joshua holds three of the four world heavyweight titles, with fellow Briton Fury holding the other title.

No fighter has ever held all four heavyweight titles, but the duo are contracted to face each other.

Speaking to Skysports, Joshua said: “Logically, to prove yourself as number one, I have to fight Tyson Fury. He has to fight Anthony Joshua.

“If you really want to say you’re number one, come fight me. Let’s get it on. I’ve got the rest of the belts so it only makes sense.

“I’m the unified heavyweight champion of the world, he’s the WBC champion. What will it prove, me and him fighting? There will be one dominant figure in the heavyweight division that will have all of the belts and become undisputed.”

Anthony Joshua challenge Tyson Fury to a heavyweight fight
Tyson Fury is the holder of WBC title
(Photo Credit: Reuters)

Joshua added that Fury is a “bigger fish to fry” compared to Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev and American Deontay Wilder.

“It would be amazing to tell Pulev ‘I think it’s best if you step aside for now’ and to tell Wilder ‘we have bigger fish to fry’.”

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Joshua is due to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO world titles against Pulev next but their proposed 20 June contest was postponed due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

Fury beat Wilder in February to win the WBC title and was set to face the American again in July. The organisers are now looking at the possibility of staging the fight in October after the earlier date was disrupted by the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.

Joshua says the fight with Fury needs to happen. It will be the biggest fight ever between two Britons at any level.

“That fight [with Fury] needs to happen because there will never be another time like this again.”

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