Tyson Fury has fired back at world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua who had goaded his rivals in a series of provocative Twitter posts on Thursday as he looks to line up his next fight.
Having successfully defended his IBF and WBA titles against Carlos Takam last month, Joshua has voiced a desire to unify the division.
He sent tweets to WBO champion Joseph Parker and WBC title-holder Deontay Wilder, as well as taunting fellow Briton Tyson Fury, who has not fought since November 2015 due to fitness and mental health issues.
Joshua, 28, sent New Zealand’s Parker a GIF of Kermit the Frog drinking tea, along with the message:
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) November 9, 2017
He sent Wilder, known as the ‘Bronze Bomber’, a link to an 18-minute YouTube interview in which he spoke of his desire to fight the American, who has said he would be prepared to fight Joshua in Britain.
In an accompanying tweet, Joshua wrote: “A little word on the fight. Ready & waiting for the offer.”
His third and final tweet, sent to Fury, read:
& @Tyson_Fury get fit you fat fuck
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) November 9, 2017
Fury sent out a message to Joshua on Instagram, saying: “I’ll punch your face in bad boy.”
@anthony_joshua message to you live & direct. I do not care about you! Like I told you before I’ll punch your face in bad boy, Fighting to me is easy & slapping punks like you is even easier. Good to see Eddie has let you of your leash for the day. But he Better put you back on before u get bitten.🖕🏻
Joshua complained on Wednesday that potential opponents were happy to talk up the possibility of fighting him without attempting to make a bout happen.
He said his promoter, Eddie Hearn, was flying to the United States to try to strike a deal to fight Wilder. But Parker’s promoter, David Higgins, has claimed his fighter has an agreement to fight Joshua next.
Joshua will be in Dubai for the finale of the Dubai Fitness Challenge on November 17 and 18 at Burj Park.
Anthony Joshua well and truly dethroned Carlos Takam after dispatching the Frenchman at Wembley on Saturday night.
Astonishingly it was the TWENTIETH consecutive knockout win of Joshua’s professional career.
Here, we dig out each and every one of those wins to date.
1) EMANUELE LEO (1st ROUND)
The Italian faced Joshua a year on from the Brit’s night of Olympic glory and was the first man to bear the brunt of his power. This one didn’t last long and was the first of five instances where Joshua halted an opponent in the first round.
2) PAUL BUTLIN (2nd ROUND)
A bloodied, battered Butlin had his misery ended by a considerate official in the second round after Joshua showed his superiority over the 37-year-old, who was way beyond his best years by the time the two met.
3) HRVOJE KISICEK (2nd ROUND)
Another one where the ref had to step in as Joshua unleashed a volley of rights and lefts that left Kisicek stumbling against the ropes and in need of salvation. Joshua was fighting the Croatian on the Prizefighter card in what was his third and final bout of 2013.
4) DORIAN DARCH (2nd ROUND)
Darch portrayed a confident character as Joshua picked him off but the sight of him swaying, falling into the arms of the referee showed just how powerful the young Brit’s punches are. By now Joshua was making quite the impression but still hadn’t really been put to the test by an opponent.
5) HECTOR AVILA (1st ROUND)
Having taken on Darch in Wales, Joshua then moved to Scotland to face Argentinian Hector Avila. Avila didn’t last long, sent crashing to the canvas with a minute remaining in the first round, the South American clutching his head and out for the count.
6) MATT LEGG (1st ROUND)
Fighting on the undercard of Carl Froch vs George Groves II, Joshua wasted no time in securing victory in his only appearance at Wembley to date. He will be back, likely to now headline the iconic stadium in what would be a significant marker of how far his career has already come.
7) MATT SKELTON (2nd ROUND)
At the time it was Joshua’s biggest challenge of his career but he sent the former British, European and Commonwealth champion packing inside two rounds. Joshua was again too powerful for his opponent who was 47, a whole 24 years Josuha’s senior.
8) KONSTANTIN AIRICH (3rd ROUND)
Airich managed to do what no man before him had and took Joshua a whole three rounds before succumbing to his power. Joshua unleashed to leave the German cast against the ropes and beyond saving.
9) DENIS BAKHTOV (2nd ROUND)
Joshua saw off the Russian in what had become typically dominant fashion, claiming his first professional title in the process. The two were facing off for the vacant WBC International Heavyweight title, which Joshua still holds.
10) MICHAEL SPROTT (1st ROUND)
Fighting on the Nathan Cleverly vs Tony Bellew II undercard, Joshua took his record to 10-0 with another ruthless outing that continued to capture the imagination of the watching world.
11) JASON GAVERN (3rd ROUND)
A gallant effort from Gavern but it was brutal again from Joshua who made mincemeat of the American. It went three rounds but Gavern spent the majority of it against the ropes or hauling himself up off the canvas. That was until the referee said enough was enough and put Gavern out of his misery.
12) RAPHAEL ZUMBANO LOVE (2nd ROUND)
A second South American to take on Joshua and come out with stars ringing around his head, Zumbano Love felt the full force of AJ’s big right hand. The overhand right, by now so common in Joshua wins, duly delivered a knockout that left the Brazilian sprawled across the mat.
13) KEVIN JOHNSON (2nd ROUND)
Johnson was sent into retirement by Joshua in devastating fashion with the Englishman first picking off his American counterpart with a studied left before pinning him against the ropes with a barrage of rights. Joshua retained his WBC International title with victory.
14) GARY CORNISH (1st ROUND)
A joiner by trade, Cornish was known for his own heavy hitting but against someone as fit and imposing as Joshua at a raucous O2 Arena, he just couldn’t cope. Joshua was showing his ever-improving nous in the ring, biding his time – albeit rapidly – before delivering the hammer blow that sent Cornish packing and added the Commonwealth heavyweight title to Joshua’s collection.
15) DILLIAN WHYTE (7th ROUND)
These two certainly did not and do not get along and all that anger and animosity between the pair was laid out in front of the world. Whyte had beaten Joshua as an amateur but couldn’t replicate that feat in London. By going seven rounds, it was the longest either fighter had ever gone before a Joshua uppercut did for Whyte – who was left slumped halfway between rope and fans, knocked flat out. Joshua claimed the vacant British heavyweight title as a result.
16) CHARLES MARTIN (2nd ROUND)
Joshua claimed his first world heavyweight title with aplomb (or “a bomb”) courtesy of two huge right hands that left Martin wondering where on earth he was. Martin got to his feet after the first but for all his attempts to suggest he was still with it after the second right hook, the ref was right to say enough was enough. Joshua rolls on and with a world title round his waist he will now be even more of a marked man.
17) DOMINIC BREAZEALE (7th ROUND)
In the first defence of his world title, Joshua made light work of a game Breazeale who always looked to come forward and took a number of shots on the chin. He was eventually downed in the seventh and the fight waved off, Joshua making his latest statement with another strong performance.
18) ERIC MOLINA (3rd ROUND)
Anthony Joshua paved the way for a fight against Wladimir Klitschko next year by making quick work of Eric Molina in a third round win on Saturday. Joshua forced the stoppage in two minutes, two seconds of the third round after first flooring American Molina with a right.
Anthony Joshua heralded the start of a new era of heavyweight boxing by dramatically knocking out Wladimir Klitschko in 11 rounds. Making the third defence of his IBF title, the Briton also became the WBA champion after recovering from the first knockdown of his career to impressively win at Wembley Stadium.
Anthony Joshua maintained his 100 per cent knockout ratio by stopping a bloodied Carlos Takam in the 10th round on Saturday. The 28-year-old had endured perhaps the most frustrating night of his career when, in his 20th fight, the resilient Takam resisted his heavy punishment until referee Phil Edwards intervened in the 10th.
Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn wants to take the world heavyweight champion overseas after his 10th round win over Carlos Takam Saturday.
Joshua retained his International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association heavyweight titles after stopping Takam at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
All of Joshua’s 20 professional fights have ended inside the distance and have all been in Britain.
“I would like him to box three times in 2018,” Hearn told reporters.
“He doesn’t have to, it’s down to Anthony. We may have a mandatory (defence) with the WBA which is unclear at the moment.
“There’s (WBO champion) Joseph Parker, there’s (WBC champion) Deontay Wilder. I would like him to have an international fight in 2018, but it does seem a shame to leave all this.
“It’s about sitting down and seeing what he wants to do, he’s capable of fighting in any territory, we need a clear plan moving forward.”
American Wilder defends his World Boxing Council belt against Haiti’s Bermane Stiverne on November 4
Joshua, 28, says he does not mind who he fights — Wilder, New Zealander Parker or a mandatory challenger — so long as he is retains the WBA and IBF belts.
“I’m just focusing on keeping my belts, who ever that is on the WBA list that’s who it is,” Joshua told reporters.
“I’m not just worried about my next three fights but the long term strategy.”
Takam, 36, complained about the stoppage but will take a lot of credit after fighting on with impaired vision after being cut near his right eye in the fourth round where he also took a count.
“I’m happy with that the win is secured and we move on,” said Joshua, who paid tribute to his opponent for battling on despite the injury.
“His eyes were nearly hanging off because the cut was deep, but he wanted to carry on and that’s the fighter’s instinct.
“I didn’t care if I sparked him out or it went 12 rounds, but people wanted to see him unconscious. I tried to do that but the ref’s job is to make sure they can fight another day.
“I didn’t want to rush things because he was quite experienced.
“He knows his durability and just (wanted to) try to land that one sweet punch and those belts go back to France.”
One of Joshua’s former victims and another British fighter, Dillian Whyte, may get to Wilder before Joshua as he is ranked number three by the WBC.
Jamaica-born Whyte, whose only defeat in 23 fights was the seventh-round stoppage against Joshua almost two years ago, unanimously out-pointed Finland’s Robert Helenius on the undercard.
“If Deontay Wilder will travel, there’s a fight to be made on February 3 in London,” said Hearn of his plans for Whyte.