Anthony Joshua gives update on heavyweight fight with Tyson Fury

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Or in this case, the lack thereof.

Anthony Joshua has given the clearest indication yet that he is ready to fight Tyson Fury for the undisputed world heavyweight title next year.

Having initially resisted opportunities to stoke fires of that rivalry with Fury in the wake of beating Kubrat Pulev, Joshua has now escalated the narrative by saying he wants to "take Fury's head off his shoulders".

Joshua plans to face Fury twice next year and has suggested that a date in June is more likely for the first fight. Now, a few weeks after making those comments, Joshua took the time to clarify exactly what he was trying to say.

"Eddie Hearn says Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua is verbally agreed to and contracts are being drafted for the heavyweight championship fight in May/June". I've never announced a fight and not showed up.

Becoming an undisputed heavyweight champion has always been on the bucket list of Joshua.

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Joshua said: "Boxing helped shape me, both physically and mentally". Joshua may have gotten what he believes was undeserved criticism for his choice of words just a few weeks ago, but this time around, he made sure he articulated himself succinctly.

It would be special if all the belts were on the line but I feel like the cries from the public are just for me to fight Tyson Fury. The next fight, I want Tyson Fury, the next fight I want the WBC champion, the next fight I want to be for the undisputed championship of the world. With that said, they're in conversations now.

"That being said, they are in conversations now - my management team, my promotional outfit - of the best way to put a package together that can lead us into 2021 and hopefully the pandemic will be done and we can bring someone unity, a good energy to Britain, if we can announce this fight".

Joshua confirmed on Tuesday that progress has been made in the past week over the proposed £200m showdown in May 2021 that would be one of the biggest events in British sporting history. Even with Fury in possession of the WBC title, facing him will be aggregated with the other belt holders he's faced.

"I've fought six to seven champions, in my short career". Tyson Fury is another one. "I will knock him out inside three rounds, he's a big b** dosser and I can't wait to knock him out".

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