Anthony Joshua says Tyson Fury 'should be looking to retire soon'

Anthony Joshua says Tyson Fury 'should be looking to retire soon'

- Anthony Joshua reveals he is ready to face Tyson Fury in a unification bout

- Both fighters are in possession of all the belts in their category

- Joshua, however, believes the Gypsy King should start considering hanging up his gloves soon

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Two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has urged his rival Tyson Fury to start planning his exit strategies from the sport.

Both Britons are touted to face-off in an all British unification fight at an undecided venue next year.

Though, Fury still has his title defence in a trilogy against Deontay Wilder later this year, while Joshua expected to battle mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev almost the same time.

However, the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champion has aimed a jibe at the WBC holder, saying he should start planning to retire soon.

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Joshua told Sky Sports: "Fury has been professional much longer than me. He should be looking to retire soon. "If he wants to cement his legacy, I'm here and ready. I've built myself into this position."

Anthony Joshua urges rival Tyson Fury to consider retiring soon

Anthony Joshua after reclaiming his heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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The boxer of Nigerian descent enjoyed a smooth rise to the summit of boxing after wins over Dillian Whyte, Wladimir Klitschko Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin and a rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr.

Though Joshua is still waiting to prove his worth by fighting Fury and Deontay Wilder, he, however, insisted that his record proves that he has faced stronger opponents.

"I'll challenge Fury, I'll challenge Wilder," he said. "These guys aren't the biggest names that I've fought on my record anyway. They are just another heavyweight.

"Look at my record. They are not the best fighters that I have challenged. When they are ready, I'm here to fight."

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Joshua was told he is invincible in the summer of 2019 after Andy Ruiz stopped him in the seventh round of their initial bout at the MGM Grand Arena.

The 30-year-old reclaimed his belts six months later after beating the American-Mexican in a fight staged in Saudi Arabia.

He won gold at the 2012 Olympics in London before quickly turning professional the following year - becoming a world champion three years later. Joshua said he was on 'a different journey to Fury', but had no fear of facing him.

"I came up quick," he added. "That shows I'm ready. These boys turned professional in 2008 and it took [Fury seven years] to fight for the heavyweight championship of the world. He's on a completely different journey. I want to steam through.

"I haven't got fear of Fury - whether he's got a better chin than me, a better jab than me, whether he's all of this stuff that people say. So be it. Let me go in there and prove myself. Show you who I am and what I can do.

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"I've fought five champions and been in two unification fights. I'm a two-time heavyweight champion in the space of 24 fights and a [seven-year] career. It shows you I am serious.

"If Fury is serious, I'll take that fight seriously too."

Legit.ng earlier reported that ex-American boxer Bernard Hopkins has predicted that Nigerian-British boxer Anthony Joshua will beat Tyson Fury when they meet.

Fury and Joshua have never met in the ring in their rich boxing careers so far in which they have been tipped to face each other.

No doubt, the encounter will be one of the toughest fight in the history of boxing if it happens considering their records and achievements so far in the game.

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