Tyson Fury insists the prospect of beating Anthony Joshua lost its shine when his rival was knocked out.
Joshua lost his unbeaten record – and his world titles – when he was stopped by Andy Ruiz Jr in one of the biggest upsets in history in 2019.
Joshua avenged his defeat and regained his heavyweight crown six months later – and is now days away from confirming his £200million undisputed fight with rival Fury.
But Fury claims his fellow Brit represents much less of a challenge now that he has a defeat on his record.
"It was important to me a year or so ago when he was unbeaten but I've seen him knocked out before so it takes the cherry off the cake," he told ESPN .
"Before the loss against Ruiz, people thought he had a chance against me but if you look at the boxing forums and the votes, it's 90 per cent in my favour.
"I really love challenges when people don't think I can win fights; that's when I rise to the challenge. With Anthony Joshua, he's a British guy, he's got a few belts so we'll make the fight and I'll show you what a real man is compared to a fake one.
"I'm very excited about the fight and I cant wait for it to happen, if it does happen. I'm light years ahead of these guys so the timing doesn't really mean that much but I want to stay active."
Fury has not fought since his rematch victory over Deontay Wilder 15 months ago but is expected to face Joshua in Saudi Arabia in late summer.
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Promoter Eddie Hearne expects to make an official announcement within six to 10 days after Fury and Joshua both opted to fight in the Gulf state.
Saudi Arabia had faced competition from Las Vegas and Macau but had long been the frontrunner having played host to Joshua's second fight with Ruiz.
Fury and Joshua have signed a two-fight agreement with the second bout expected to take place in Cardiff in December.
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