Anthony Joshua is gearing up for his era-defining Tyson Fury showdown with a bullish attitude, insisting he’s prepared for ‘torture’ during training for the clash. While doubts and promises swirl around the Battle of Britain clash – with Fury’s camp growing frustrated in negotiations, while Eddie Hearn is assured new is coming – both men are in full training.
The fight will unify the heavyweight division and the winner will go down as the undisputed king of his generation. Joshua is as hungry as ever, and he’s certain he can fell the Gypsy King.
‘Am I excited? I ain’t excited, it is what it is,’ Joshua told the skipper of his hometown club, Watford’s Troy Deeney, on the striker’s podcast.
‘I’m getting ready to walk through a brick wall and nothing is getting in my way. I’m ready to go through whatever pain, torture, and adversity I have to go through in order to win, that’s why I’m really looking forward to it.
‘I know I’m the man of this division and I will be for a long time. I came through this game quickly and the way I had to learn was through mistakes, on the public stage as well.
‘I came into this game not to take part but to take over, I feel I’m on a different wavelength and frequency.
Fury is the division’s top showman right now. The six-foot-nine light-footed powerhouse’s pre-fight antics have brought eyes to every fight he’s taken.
Joshua is the Gypsy King’s latest target, who he’s been labeling him a ‘bodybuilder’ for years. In his latest rant, Fury called his next opponent: ‘A big, useless dosser. Not a real fighting man. A hype job. Bodybuild(er), Crossfit, big, ugly s***house. That’s Anthony Joshua.’
‘I’ve learned a lot with that. The man will talk about drinking pints and he’s not interested but yet he wants to look chiseled, he’s training the hardest he’s ever trained, he’s the skinniest he’s ever been.
‘AJ has a good body and he trains so he wants to be a bodybuilder, but Tyson Fury would do the exact same thing if he could. I am everything he wants to be.
‘He wants to have a six-pack, that’s why he’s training as hard as he’s training right now. Why he looks so chiseled, why he’s in America.
‘I promise you I’m honored, I’m humbled, I know it’s going to be tough but I truly believe I am tough enough to go through it. I don’t need to talk about Tyson Fury and I don’t need to belittle the man, he can do what he wants.’