Anthony Joshua tells Gary Neville’s The Overlap he could fight Tyson Fury with no belts on the line: “I’ll smoke that guy. I will”; AJ says taking a knee is “not a political stance” but a call for change and says he would make gesture in the ring.
Joshua had agreed a blockbuster battle for all the world belts this summer, only for the fight to dramatically fall apart when an arbitration judge ordered Fury to defend his WBC title against Deontay Wilder instead.
Oleksandr Usyk has been confirmed as the next challenger for Joshua on September 25, live on Sky Sports Box Office, but the WBA, IBF and WBO champion has suggested that he might be willing to fight Fury without any title obligations.
Joshua said: “He’s a fighter isn’t he. What’s the worst that can happen? You get hit.
“He’s been doing it for years, however, I just know on my end, and my management team and my promoter – we done everything we can to make this happen and as long as I’m champion, I’ll compete with anyone.
I’ve got a tough challenger coming up now. A great fighter.