Nigerian-born British heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Olaseni Oluwafemi Joshua has fired back at fellow-Brit, Tyson Fury, with a declaration that he is ready to take on the former holder once the opportunity emerges.
Joshua’s boast comes after Fury sent a fierce warning to the new four-belt champion and America’s single title holder, Deontay Wilder, saying he is ready to reclaim what is rightfully his.
The former unified heavyweight champion has been out of the ring since October 2015, after his crowning evening against Wladimir Klitschko in Düsseldorf.
He announced on Thursday that he was set to return to the ring on June 9 at the Manchester Arena, having signed for Frank Warren.
After spending an extended period on the sidelines due to personal and legal issues with the boxing board, Fury has been training with a new coach, Ben Davison, after parting ways with his uncle, Peter Fury and looks on his way back to a competitive weight.
Fury said he will return to the ring at the Manchester Arena on June 9th, after agreeing to promotional terms with Frank Warren, following a 2½-year exile from boxing.
While Fury had plenty to say regarding a potential bout with the main rivals, Joshua wasted no time in responding with a challenge of his own to the former champ
Joshua, however, considers American Jarrell Miller or Alexander Povetkin of Russia his likeliest next challengers, not Fury or Wilder.
The IBF, WBA and WBO champion’s management have made an offer to Wilder, who holds the WBC title, for what would be the world’s richest fight, but Joshua is not convinced.
Those working with Wilder most recently spoke of making a counter offer because of their dissatisfaction at the one made to them, which has contributed to Joshua’s pessimism.
It is understood a fight with Miller, in New York on August 25, is one potential alternative, while the WBA recently demanded he make a mandatory defense against Povetkin.