Joshua To Rivals: I’m The Number One Fighter In The World

Joshua To Rivals: I’m The Number One Fighter In The World

Anthony Joshua has warned Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder that he is the No 1 fighter in the world.

Joshua has also challenged the winner of Fury vs Wilder to come to London to fight him at Wembley Stadium next April.

But first, the Brit must defend his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight belts against Alexander Povetkin next weekend.
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If everything goes to plan and Joshua extends his 22-0(21KO) record then he wants to try and unify the heavyweight division.

Fury and Wilder are in talks over a December showdown – and Joshua is excited at the prospect of fighting the winner.

“You’ve got to have a bit of respect as well,” Joshua said of Fury.

“You can’t expect the whole division to go on hold. He had his issues and paused for three years.

“But the whole division can’t wait and sit down. The ball keeps rolling.

“Me and Wilder had been negotiating for a long time after the [Carlos] Takam fight and it fell through.

“Wembley Stadium is booked again for April, God willing, I beat Povetkin, and hopefully me fighting [the winner of Fury-Wilder] is quite straightforward.

“I am No 1. Name me a fighter that has a better record than me after 22 fights. I ain’t got to show anything.

“History will tell you. History is all that matters. I will prove myself. Ever since the amateurs, non-stop I have been on top of my game.”

Joshua also took a further pop at Fury by telling him to back up his words.

“At the moment, it is like a power struggle in the heavyweight division,” he added.

“Good luck to Fury, Wilder and myself. But when all’s said and done, I won’t be that geezer in the pub telling war stories about ‘I was the lineal champ’.

“I am not that type of geezer. I am focused on my own career and where I am going.”

Joshua then lifted the lid on his preparations for facing Povetkin.

“I was watching a Wladimir Klitschko fight the other day and he had time to learn,” he said.

“I’ve been in at the deep end time and again.

“If people aren’t satisfied with it now, they never will be. Look at Floyd Mayweather. They are never happy with him and he is one of the greatest of all time. They said the same of Lennox Lewis, now he is looked back on as a slick operator.”

Look at Floyd Mayweather. They are never happy with him and he is one of the greatest of all time. They said the same of Lennox Lewis, now he is looked back on as a slick operator.

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