Anthony Joshua Targets Tyson Fury Fight After Winning IBF Title

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Hot on the heels of Anthony Joshua’s highly impressive IBF heavyweight title win last night, the talk quickly turned to Tyson Fury and whether the two British champs could square off soon.

And Joshua had some strong words for Fury, claiming he’ll ‘walk through’ his fellow British boxer on the way to unifying the division, the BBC reports.

It took the 26-year-old less than five minutes to capture the IBF heavyweight championship from Charles Martin at the O2 Arena in London, stopping the American in the second round when Martin was unable to beat the count after a second knockdown.

Meanwhile, Tyson Fury is set to defend his three versions of the world heavyweight championship in a rematch against Wladimir Klitschko in Manchester on July 9.

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Speaking to BBC 5 Live, Joshua said:

I’m going to walk through Tyson Fury when’s he’s ready. I’m not messing around believe you me. Scrap all this 16-fight nonsense. I’m training hard and I mean business. I’m here to stay and I want to make some real noise in this division.

Shortly after Joshua’s impressive win, Fury took to Twitter to have a pop at the new champ, claiming he looked ‘slow’ and ‘ponderous’, because of course he did.

Earlier in the night, Fury claimed he’d placed a £1,000 bet on Martin to knock Joshua out, which didn’t end well for him.

Still, despite the lost money and all the typical trash talk, it looks as though Fury was actually pretty psyched for Joshua’s win and the big heavyweight fights it could set up.

While Joshua and Fury probably won’t be meeting each other in the ring anytime soon, it turns out they could clash in the TV schedules, at least. According to Sky Sports, Eddie Hearn has claimed that Joshua could make the first defence of his IBF title at Wembley on the same night as Fury vs Klitschko.

There’s no word on an opponent for Joshua for July 9 yet, but David Haye has already said he wants a crack at the new champ and believes he could end his reign quickly.

What’s clear is this is a very exciting time for British boxing!