Joshua says want fight with Fury

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British boxer, Anthony Joshua, says he is prepared to fight Tyson Fury if his clash with Deontay Wilder fails to materialise.

Wilder first has a rematch with Luis Ortiz after beating the Cuban last year, set for New York’s Maddison Square Garden, before the 33-year-old will even consider taking on Joshua or Fury.

But AJ would be happy with fellow British boxer Fury next.

He told the BBC: “I think I can beat Ruiz. If Wilder is not available, I want Fury.

“I said I want to meet Wilder, chat to him and the next day he announces a fight with no date or venue attached to it. I still say there is hope, but I think the next person I want then is Fury.”

After more than a year of build up regarding a potential fight between Fury and Wilder, Joshua cast doubt on the clash ever happening.

The Watford born boxer added: “These fighters have big egos now and think ‘if he wants to fight me he has to come and see me and all that’.

“When I first fought for the title my promoter, Eddie Hearn, said when you get the title you are in a position of power.

“I have done that and I feel there is still a power struggle with people thinking, even though they aren’t champion, they still think they are king. Let’s put that stuff aside and get a real solid fight under wraps.”

IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion, Joshua is keen to make memories from his boxing career, believing he can make another one from fighting and beating Fury, admitting he can’t help but look past his fight on Saturday.

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Wilder retains WBC heavyweight crown, says Joshua fight must happen

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Deontay Wilder knocked out Dominic Breazeale in the 1st round to retain his WBC heavyweight crown at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Wilder, 33, demolished his fellow American with 43 seconds of the opening round left – taking his record to 41 wins and a draw from 42 bouts.

Breazeale was on the ropes early on before finding a solid shot to respond to the champion.

But Wilder finished the fight moments later with a huge right hand.

Speaking about his potential contests with British heavyweights Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, Wilder said:  “no doors are closed” and that such fights “are in discussion”.

“All parties involved are talking,” Wilder told Showtime. “There’s too many people and opinions involved. It will take our teams to sit down, handle things, squash everything and get it done for the fans.

“The big fights will happen the way we all benefit. We risk our lives in here, so let us get our time to iron out our differences and you guys will know when it happens.”

Breazeale, 33, left the ring without talking to the media, fresh from a punch that left him sprawled on the canvas and unable to answer the count.

His counter-punch when cornered had briefly seen Wilder engage in a couple of grapples but – after a pause for breath – the champion followed a left-hand jab with a right to the jaw which was as accurate as it was destructive.

It was a 40th victory by knockout for Wilder and just a second career loss for Breazeale, following his 2016 defeat by Anthony Joshua.

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