Anthony Joshua has taken a swipe at Tyson Fury and says his heavyweight rival ‘should be looking to retire soon’.
IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Joshua and WBC holder Fury have agreed financial terms for two fights in 2021.
But first Joshua, 30, must defend his belts against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, while Fury, 32, is set to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time.
‘Fury has been professional much longer than me. He should be looking to retire soon,’ Joshua told Sky Sports.
‘If he wants to cement his legacy, I’m here and ready. I’ve built myself into this position.’
Joshua also took a swipe at Fury by claiming he would not be the ‘biggest name’ on his record and is ‘just another heavyweight’.
Fury is widely considered one of the Britain’s best-ever boxers, winning 30 of his 31 professional fights and defeating Wilder in emphatic style after returning to the sport following a three-year absence.
Joshua said: ‘I’ll challenge Fury, I’ll challenge Wilder. 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.’
Joshua, who won a gold medal at the 2020 Olympics in London, suffered a shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019 but avenged the loss with a comeback win later in the year.
‘I came up quick. That shows I’m ready,’ Joshua added.
‘These boys turned professional in 2008 and it took [Fury seven years] to fight for the heavyweight championship of the world.
‘He’s on a completely different journey. I want to steam through.
‘I haven’t got fear of Fury – whether he’s got a better chin than me, a better jab than me, whether he’s all of this stuff that people say. So be it. Let me go in there and prove myself. Show you who I am and what I can do.
‘I’ve fought five champions and been in two unification fights. I’m a two-time heavyweight champion in the space of 24 fights and a [seven-year] career. It shows you I am serious.
‘If Fury is serious, I’ll take that fight seriously too.’
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