Boxing: Anthony Joshua delivers devastating body shots
Anthony Joshua has warned that he will not be ‘civilised’ as he prepares to face fellow heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in a highly-anticipated unification bout later this year. A fight between the pair has been touted for some time, with Matchroom chief Eddie Hearn having repeatedly stated his intention to arrange two back-to-back events before 2022.
Joshua currently boasts the IBF, WBA and WBO versions of the heavyweight title, while Fury holds the WBC strap, meaning that a clash would produce the first undisputed champion of the division since Lennox Lewis claimed the honour in 1999.
Terms are currently being finalised between both parties, with Hearn claiming last month that contracts had been exchanged with Bob Arum, Fury’s promoter.
With confirmation of the two fights drawing ever closer, Joshua has suggested that Fury could be in for a nasty shock when the all-British meetings finally take place.
The Watford-born fighter told his official YouTube channel that he is different to the vast majority of others as he sees himself as a true warrior.
“Some people may not understand it and I realise in this life is that, 99 per cent of the population are civilised people,” said Joshua.
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“The job I’ve chosen is for the uncivilised. This is a sport of combat and war. We’re not civilised people, we’re warriors, and I love it.”
Joshua continued, hinting that he is unfazed by the challenge of Fury by claiming he has his sights set on winning at all costs.
“No matter what the tactics are, no matter how much you study, no matter how much you think you can beat me, I’m just there to win,” he added.
“I’m there to do a job, and that’s the fighter’s mentality.”
Joshua’s sentiments have been echoed by Fury on a number of occasions, with the ‘Gypsy King’ predictably very confident of his chances of beating the former Olympic champion.
Fury has vowed to come flying out of the blocks in a similar way to his stunning performance against Deontay Wilder in February last year, when the American was knocked out in emphatic fashion after seven rounds.
“I’ve got a bigger heart, tougher, mentally and physically stronger,” Fury told Boxing Scene.
“I punch harder, everything’s in my favour. When I take it to them, they can’t deal with it, it’s like wrestling a T-Rex. They can’t win.
“I’m indestructible. I can’t be beaten, if I’m injury-free and active there is no losing.
“[I’ll fight Joshua] just like I did with Wilder. They said he said he was going to box and move.
“What did I do? Straight at him, bombs all the way through until he got stopped.”
It is expected that the unification bouts will take place outside of the United Kingdom, with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar among the locations tipped to host one or both events.
The first fight is set to be scheduled for June this year before the rematch at a later date.
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