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Anthony Joshua jokes that Tyson Fury “lives in his head rent free”

Fury and Joshua were supposed to fight on August 14 in Saudi Arabia, but the unified world heavyweight champion was left frustrated when the bout was cancelled at the eleventh hour

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Anthony Joshua has joked that Tyson Fury “lives in his head rent free”, and says he is thinking of him daily before his fight with Oleksandr Usyk.

The world heavyweight champions were scheduled to fight on August 14 in Saudi Arabia, but missed out on the bout at the eleventh hour due to Fury being ordered to face Deontay Wilder for a third time.

Immediately after it emerged that a deal wasn’t going to be reached, Joshua was ordered to face legendary cruiserweight champion Usyk, and seems to have forgotten about Fury, save for a few social media messages back-and-forth.

But asked if he still thinks about his British rival, Joshua has joked that he is constantly thinking about the Gypsy King, telling reporters he “lives rent free in his head”.

“I think about that guy every day,” Joshua said in a tongue-in-cheek response to a question during a media scrum today, before quickly adding “nah”.

“He’s living rent free, the landlord is coming to collect the rent!”



British boxing fans are desperate to see a fight between Fury and Joshua, as is Joshua himself
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Joshua has admitted to feeling the undisputed fight will complete his legacy, but admitted that he is just focused on Usyk, feeling that Fury is in a 50-50 fight with Wilder next month.

“We’re all in 50-50 fights,” Joshua said of the top heavyweights. “Me, Usyk, Fury and Wilder.

“Fury makes his first title defence, Wilder comes back off a loss, I’m making a mandatory title defence, I don’t personally want to make a statement.

“I want to do what I know I can do personally, whatever people’s view of that is is down to them, good luck to Fury and Wilder, let’s just keep boxing on people’s tongues.”

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Joshua is currently in possession of almost all of the main belts at heavyweight; the WBO, WBA and IBF, as well as the less-prestigious IBO, while Fury is the WBC champion and recognised as The Ring Magazine number one.

At multiple points during Wilder’s tenure as the WBC champion, Joshua and Matchroom Boxing attempted to make an undisputed fight between the pair, but could never come to an agreement.

However, negotiations seemed to proceed a bit easier with Fury’s team once he took the belt in February of 2020 after a dominant KO victory over Wilder.









When their contractually obligated July 2020 trilogy was shelved due to the coronavirus, negotiations began between Joshua and Fury’s teams.

And with Wilder talks cooling off, Fury and Joshua were able to come to a deal for the undisputed bout, with an August 14 date being made, with a location in mind and purses agreed.

However, an arbitration ruling brought by Wilder ordered a trilogy to be made before the end of the summer, putting an end to that bout at the last minute.

Fury was then forced to pull out of his July 24 fight date after a coronavirus outbreak in his camp, with the bout now set to take place on October 9.




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