Anthony Joshua opens up on Tyson Fury’s drug test controversy as talks continue

Anthony Joshua believes Tyson Fury ’s world heavyweight championship wins have been tainted by a failed drugs test.

Fury tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone in early 2015 and was hit with a backdated two-year ban in 2017.

Fury tested positive in February 2015 but had beaten Wladimir Klitschko to become world heavyweight champion by the time he was charged by UKAD 16 months later.

He served his ban and returned to be crowned WBC champion by stopping Deontay Wilder this year.

Fury and his team have consistently denied they offered a bribe over his failed test with farmer Martin Carefoot previously saying he had been offered £25,000 to lie.

The Gypsy King is now in line to take on fellow British world heavyweight champion Joshua in an undisputed bout.

The war of the words has already begun between the pair with AJ referencing Fury’s past.

Joshua said: "With the UKAD situation, every win he’s had has had drama around it. Whether it was to do with Klitschko, Wilder, there is always drama.

"I’m a straight-up warrior, I just want to fight him. I don’t care about anything in his body.

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"He knows about my uppercut, he knew about it from when I was 20 years old. Trust me, he knows what’s coming."

Fury had previously said on his battles: "I woke up every day wishing I would not wake up any more. But I am living proof anyone can come back from the brink.

"There is a lot of people out there suffering with mental health problems who think all their days will be grey, but life can improve again and you will start to enjoy the little things again."

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