Anthony Joshua has branded Tyson Fury as one of his enemies, warning the 'Gypsy King' that he will 'smoke that guy' when they eventually go glove-to-glove in the ring.
Long-term rivals in the heavyweight division, the two Brits had finally seemed set to clash in Saudi Arabia earlier this year, only for Fury to pull out at the 11th hour in order to defend his WBC title and fight Deontay Wilder for the third time
That trilogy was then postponed after Fury contracted Covid-19, with AJ himself now set to take on Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in late September.
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And while Joshua could lose his WBA, IBF and WBO belts against the Ukrainian, even before the possibility of Fury losing his own, the Matchroom star has revealed he would fight his rival even if nothing was on the line.
Speaking to Gary Neville's The Overlap, he said: "Without the belts? I rate that. That's what I'm talking about. We'll fight, 100%, let's do it. I'll smoke that guy
"He's a fighter, isn't he. What's the worst that can happen? You get hit. He's been doing it for years. However, I just know on my end, and my management team and my promoter, we done everything we can to make this happen and as long as I'm champion, I'll compete with anyone.
"I don't really get into the Twitter back and forth, because it's Twitter fingers. Anyone can sit behind a computer and talk. Let's be real, let's be honest. You're the one that let the fans down.
"I fought on December 12th. When they were like, 'Who do you want to fight next?' I said I don't want to call out any names, and I know because I'm going to start shouting out people's names and I'm going to be in this position now where the guys' name I'm shouting out doesn't want to fight or he's not ready to fight.
And Joshua didn't stop there. When being asked whether he had respect for Fury, he said; "I haven't got no time for none of them. They are all enemies at the end of the day.
"I don't look at anyone in my industry like that. They are just people that I want to fight, [but] I like Wladimir Klitschko, he's cool."