Anthony Joshua says he is ready to fight Tyson Fury in December after the WBC champion “Battle of Britain” presented a heavyweight clash.
Talks have begun with Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk to defend his combined WBO, WBA and IBF belts last month in a heavyweight championship fight.
But Usyk appears unable to box again this year. Fury needs an opponent. He wants former champion Joshua next.
“I think you’ve all heard that you’re going to be fighting soon in the next few months,” Fury said.
“I think I just have to do it before I know the opponent.
“Anthony Joshua, I know you recently lost to Usyk and are currently undefeated, and I want to give you a chance to fight me for the World and Intercontinental WBC Heavyweight Championship. Championship in the next few months,” he told Joshua during his public address.
“You’re coming off a 12-round fight, so you’ll be fit, you’ll be ready. I’ll give you a few months’ notice.
“If you’re interested, I’ll send you the date and we can shout. Battle of Britain for the WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World.”
Let me know if you’re interested, if not I’ll pick another opponent.
Fury later repeated his request to Joshua on Twitter on Monday evening, saying he had set both a “date and place”.
Joshua responded later that evening, directing Fury to his management team to negotiate a deal.
“Yeah calm down,” Joshua posted. “I don’t do online chats just for pay, so if you’re into it give me a shout @258mgt.
“I’ll be ready in December.”
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