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Anthony Joshua offers to turn heavyweight rival Tyson Fury into a ‘superstar’

Anthony Joshua has told Tyson Fury to come and join his management company — so he can turn him into a superstar.

The two heavyweight world champions are set to face off in a unification bout next year providing Joshua comes through his clash with Kubrat Pulev at Wembley on Saturday.

Final negotiations need to take place between the pair but both, for now, say they are content with a 50/50 split.

Previously, Fury rejected a 60/40 offer for the fight from Joshua and AJ’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, maintains his client has the bigger pull.

But Fury, as he claimed last week when he released a video on social media asking the BBC to withdraw him from the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist, is adamant he is the People’s Champion.

And he insists that such a status, alongside his WBC belt, means the profits need to be shared equally.

Playfully, Joshua said: “He has a tough career, ups and downs, opponents not fulfilling obligations…

“I do think he should come over to Matchroom and 258 Management and let us handle his career.

“He’s a superstar in the making with the right management.

“He could go all the way.

“I see a lot of potential in Tyson, with the right management he could go far, so when he’s ready he can come over and we can get this fight underway.

“Build it up, award him Sports Personality of the Year.

“That video he did should be him saying, ‘I’m accepting my award’, not that, ‘I don’t want to be a part of it’.

“We’ll have a look at his PR, we’ll strip it all back and make this fight what it’s supposed to be.

“He has a lot of potential — so 50/50, whatever it is meant to be will be.

“I wish him all the best, but he should come and see us and we’ll get him on the right track.”

Tyson Fury in action with Deontay Wilder

Fury had to can a proposed clash with Agit Kabayel last weekend for a variety of reasons.

But Joshua’s WBA, IBF and WBO belts will be on the line against Pulev for his first outing since reclaiming his straps from Andy Ruiz Junior a year ago.

And after watching the highlights of Mike Tyson’s exhibition bout with Roy Jones Junior, he wants to take some of ‘Iron’ Mike’s mentality.

Joshua added: “I watched the highlights. Tyson feinted well, but what I really liked was his attitude, the way he conditioned his mind to overcome any obstacle, any worries.

“He still has that and it’s important.

“The biggest-looking men aren’t always the toughest men mentally and Mike, alongside his physical capabilities, what set him apart from a lot of the champions was his mindset.

“So I took a lot from that, that warrior’s mindset that I’m trying to work on.”

The big question is whether or not Joshua thinks he’ll still be fighting in 2053 when he’s 54, as Tyson is now.

“It’s all about social media followers,” he said, laughing. “If I’ve still got a load of social media followers and they called me up and said, ‘There’s some YouTuber who wants to fight you’, or something, why not?




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