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Anthony Joshua Wants To Fight Tyson Fury At Tottenham’s £1bn New Stadium…Provided He Beats Deontay Wilder

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Anthony Joshua wants to fight Tyson Fury at Tottenham’s new stadium – but only if his Brit rival gets past Deontay Wilder next month.

The WBA, WBO and IBF two-time king has set his sights on a mouthwatering Battle of Britain in North London. Joshua is likely to meet Kubrat Pulev next after seeing off Andy Ruiz Jr in the rematch in Saudi Arabia last December.
Bulgarian Pulev is mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF crown. And the No 1 contender for his WBO belt Oleksandr Usyk may be next in line to take on Joshua. Clearly there are a lot of ifs and buts to take care of yet, but the Mirror report that AJ, 30, is looking past those two already.

And his first-choice fight would be against the winner of Fury, 31, and 34-year-old Wilder, who meet in Las Vegas on February 22 for the WBC title.

Asked about taking on Fury, who he recently labelled a “liar”, Joshua said: “The doors are open. I’m wishing him well in February. Imagine having that fight, at Tottenham? That would be phenomenal. I’m supporting Fury [against Wilder] because imagine the local kids being able to watch the undisputed championship fight on their doorstep. I’d love to do it here in the UK.”
And Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said London is the “most likely destination” for Joshua’s next fight. Fury has done his part to stoke the flames ahead of a potential fight, with SunSport breaking the story that Joshua could fight at Spurs’ new ground. He said the undisputed claim means “f* all” until one of Joshua and Wilder beat him.

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The Gypsy King said: “Undisputed heavyweight champion means f* all, it means nothing. I am already the main man. When I beat [Vladimir] Klitschko he was the main man, no ifs, buts or maybes, when I beat him I became the main man. I have done that and am the only active heavyweight around who can say he beat the main man in the division, the top guy, the rest have not.
Wilder beat Bermane Stiverne, on his first defence of the belt, not that good. Joshua beat Charles Martin, who won his title on a default and should probably never have been a world champion. He had the IBF title because they stripped me of it within five days of winning it and gave it to someone else.”

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