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Anthony Joshua ready to fight Tyson Fury without belts

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Anthony Joshua vs. Olexandr Usyk Matchroom Boxing

Anthony Joshua still wants to fight Tyson Fury even if he fails to win any rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua put in a hugely underwhelming defence of what were his three belts on Saturday night. Usyk, in contrast, was exceptional as he dominated the bigger man and kept the 31-year-old Briton on the back foot.

There is a rematch clause between the pair that will almost certainly be activated but given the gulf between the two boxers on Saturday few can be confident that Usyk will not win again.

The beaten champion appeared to acknowledge that possibility when he spoke about facing WBC champion Fury or his upcoming rival Deontay Wilder.

“The road to undisputed is marketing. When I pulled up today, it just reminds me that it's a big circus. This is the greatest show on Earth,” he began.

"I'll fight Tyson Fury and Wilder without the belts. The belts are fun, it's great, it's legacy - but with or without the belts, I'll fight whoever. The road to undisputed [champion] is a nice title to have and chase but would you still watch it without the belts?

Joshua believes there will still be an audience for a Fury fight, saying: "The main thing is that you have got two competitive fighters in the ring from UK soil that just want to go toe-to-toe."

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