The unified heavyweight champion believes there is more to this bout than meets the eye
Anthony Joshua thinks both Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have agreed to fight each other as part of their respective ‘strategies’.
The Watford man is refusing to take the bout at face value, especially on Fury’s behalf, and claims there are different motives at play.
America’s champion Wilder has stated that he intends to fight the best available opponents, and will do so by facing Fury after Joshua avoided him, which he disputes.
“I’ve been trying to get a fight with Wilder,” Joshua told Sky, “It’s been ongoing for a long time. It feels very difficult.
“That is why I know the strategy is for him to fight Fury after a three-year layoff. He’s got a good chance of beating him.
“It will boost his profile so when he comes back to the negotiating table he will have a better leg to stand on.”
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Meanwhile, Tyson Fury has declared that he is fighting Deontay Wilder to redeem British boxing after “s***house” Joshua avoided the bout himself.
However, AJ has a different theory: “Tyson Fury’s strategy is to put some money in the bank after a three-year layoff and he’ll continue talking rubbish as he does.”
A date and venue is not yet known for Wilder v Fury, though an announcement is expected imminently.
Anthony Joshua will take on Alexander Povetkin on September 22 at Wembley, live on talkSPORT.