I want to beat Tyson Fury twice – Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua plans to beat Tyson Fury before defeating his heavyweight rival again in a rematch.

The two are expected to meet in 2021 after AJ beat Kubrat Pulev to retain his world heavyweight belts. Fury is WBC king having stopped Deontay Wilder in February with a blockbuster clash expected to happen sometime in the next 12 months.

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There are hopes that it will be for the undisputed title, though those plans could be stopped by Joshua’s WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua said:

“Will people care if I have to lose a belt to Usyk? Will I have to give one up? I am not too sure yet.

“I don’t want to, because it is ‘the road to undisputed’. But I know that, when I win, I will go back and fight for that belt anyway — that will be my goal.

“I want to fight Fury, beat him again in the rematch — two difficult hurdles, serious fights — then I will go straight back to try to fight for that title again.

“I don’t know what Fury’s situation is with Wilder. My situation is, do I give up the WBO or will Usyk step aside?”

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn expects the WBO to allow Joshua to steer around Usyk in order to face Fury.


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