World boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, has expressed his desire to fight Tyson Fury before retirement. The WBO, WBA (Super), and IBF titles holder is set to take on Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, but is hopeful of a fight against Fury after the showdown with Usyk.
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Joshua made the revelation during the Steve Bunce on the 5 Live Boxing podcast, stating that he needs to fight against Fury to get better. It will be recalled that talks about a fight between the pair collapsed this summer, but Joshua is optimistic of it happening soon, saying ‘we need it for boxing’.
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‘Do I need Tyson Fury on my record? I need it. Fight good fighters and they bring out the best of you…We need it for boxing. Training camp is hard. To get better is very difficult in boxing. To fight Tyson Fury is a big challenge. I’m going to put that pressure on myself to actually get better. But it’s what we all need, I need it. Come on, let’s see how good I am. Let’s see how far I can take myself during this period. It’ll be a good challenge mentally. Not about him, but because I actually want to do well. When I wake up in the morning early and I’m tired, my body’s battered, I still go out and do what I do. It’s great rewards and only someone like Fury can give that to me.’
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