Anthony Joshua has accepted Tyson Fury’s offer for a ‘Battle of Britain’ heavyweight championship clash in December.
It was first thought that WBC world champion Fury would end up fighting Oleksandr Usyk in the hope of unifying all four belts and becoming the first undisputed heavyweight champion since the WBO title came into the fold in 2007.
But the Gypsy King’s hopes of that glorious bout were shattered when Usyk revealed at the weekend that he would not be ready to fight again this year after defeating Joshua by split decision in their Saudi Arabia rematch last month.
In the wake of this, Fury has now turned his attention to his compatriot and long-time rival Joshua. He voiced his intentions to take on the Watford fighter on social media, saying, "I think you've all heard I'm going to be fighting soon - in the next few months. I think before I announce an opponent, I need to do this just in case. Anthony Joshua, I know you've just lost a fight to Usyk and you're boutless at the moment.
"I'd like to give you an opportunity to fight me for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world and the lineal championship in the next few months. You're coming off a 12-round fight so you're match fit, you're ready.”
AJ has now confirmed he is ready for the challenge despite suffering consecutive losses for the first time in his career.
Joshua tweeted on Monday night in response to Fury’s fight proposal: "I don’t do the online discussions just for clout, so if you [are] really [serious] about it shout 258 Management. I’ll be ready in December.”
Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn told talkSPORT on Tuesday morning that he doubted Fury would go through with his plans, but the Morecambe native was quick to double down, claiming: "This is easy fight to make normal champion to challenger privileges and I’m 100% serious. Let’s rumble UK."