Tyson Fury has urged Anthony Joshua to ‘step up to the plate’ and fight Deontay Wilder after the WBC heavyweight champion retained his title in stunning fashion.
The Bronze Bomber added another brutal KO to his showreel at the Barclays Center on Saturday night, knocking out Dominic Breazeale with a ferocious right hand in the first round.
Boxing fans are itching to see either a rematch between Wilder and Fury or a unification fight against three-belt champion AJ, and the Gypsy King says it is Joshua’s turn to show his mettle.
Asked about a potential unification fight, Fury told Behind The Gloves: ‘It doesn’t matter who wins, because they both can’t beat me together on the same night.
‘I want them two to fight each other. I want [Joshua] to step up to the plate and prove he’s worthy of being a world champion.
‘I’ve stepped up to the plate, I’ve been to Germany and dethroned [Wladimir] Klitschko, I’ve been to America and beat Deontay Wilder.
‘When has he stepped up? To beat an old Klitschko? Or to beat a Dillian Whyte that only had three year out of the ring and come back and had a couple of bum fights and beat him in a tough fight?
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‘Fight someone who can fight back. Fight Wilder or Dillian Whyte. That’s the gauntlet laid. Fight. You’re a fighting man, supposed to be a world champion, fight men who are dangerous.
‘No disrespect to Andy Ruiz Jr., but I just don’t think he’s the man to beat Joshua. Not at all.’
Joshua will take on Ruiz at Madison Square Garden on June 1 in his US debut, though any fight against Wilder is likely to have to wait until 2020.