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“What’s Anthony Joshua smoking?” – Arum and Finkel react

Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua

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Anthony Joshua pleaded for a UK super-fight with Tyson Fury when boxing starts.

Fury, the WBC titlist, and IBF, WBO and WBA king Joshua are on course for a megafight to crown the undisputed heavyweight champion.

But with coronavirus reducing the boxing calendar for the foreseeable future, AJ said he would take the hit of fighting without fans out of fear the chance may not come again.

“If (promoter) Eddie Hearn said he managed to secure the Tyson Fury fight, but it is behind closed doors, I would take it,” Joshua told DAZN.

“If I don’t take it now then I don’t think Tyson Fury will be around by the time this all comes around again when big hall shows are available. I have to take the opportunity while it’s there.”

Joshua is slated to face IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev this summer, while Fury is set for a third fight with Deontay Wilder.

Nevertheless, Joshua said: “Wilder, it would be good if he stepped aside, Pulev, it would be good if he stepped aside and we got this fight on as it is one that the world is screaming for.

“It is such a shame that I am quarantine right now as it has put a halt to greatness. But this is part of history and I am working towards beating Tyson Fury.”

World Boxing News contacted Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder representatives Bob Arum and Shelly Finkel for comments about Joshua’s statement. 

Both were firmly not impressed. 

Finkel exclusively told World Boxing News: “I’m not sure there is really anything needed to be added to this situation. 

“We have covered this and there is nothing more to add, other than we are looking forward to fighting Fury. That’s all.” 

Arum, for his part, we one further with his view. “I wasn’t aware of what Anthony Joshua said until World Boxing News came to me. I honestly don’t know what Anthony Joshua is smoking. 

“There is ZERO chance of Kubrat Pulev stepping aside to allow the fight. Also, Tyson Fury is fighting Deontay Wilder.”

Source: WBN

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