Preparations for the biggest fight in British boxing history between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are well underway and given the magnitude of the bout and the lack of hype required to sell it, Joshua says he’s happy to let the flamboyant Fury take centre-stage in the build up, dismissing the Gypsy King as a “warm-up act.”
The long-awaited undisputed heavyweight showdown between the two Brits has been years in the making but Joshua is uninterested in matching Fury’s usually bombastic pre-fight behaviour and is instead choosing to focus on “closing the show”.
Speaking in the latest instalment of the JD: Road To Undisputed blog series, Joshua said, "He (Fury) can bring whatever he wants, it don’t matter to me.
"The press conference antics, the fight antics, the hands behind the back, I love that stuff that’s all part of it you know that’s his job, but my job is to close the show.
“He’s a warm-up act, he’s there to do all that stuff but ultimately my job is to close the show and that’s all that matters.”
Joshua, 24-1 (22), also believes that his bitter rival will hang up his gloves soon after the pair meet and insists he himself is going absolutely nowhere.
"For him, he said that after he fights me, maybe he fights Chisora, then he’s ready to go off into the sunset," Joshua added.
“For me, I’ve still got so much more I want to do in this boxing game, the road to undisputed is part of the journey it’s not the end to the journey.”
Notably the Watford fighter also claimed that he is already looking past his fight with Fury, a sign perhaps that the mind games have begun between the two.
“That’s why I know I will get past this fight because I’m looking past him, I want more, this isn’t where this stops. The fight, god-willing, will be this year, I’m saying it is going to be this year, I’m going to speak into existence and I will be victorious," vowed Joshua.
There’s no confirmation on date or venue just yet but, if reports are to believed, negotiations are being tied up and the announcements could be made soon. The Middle East has been heavily mooted as the potential location.