Anthony Joshua has promised to fight fight Tyson Fury no matter what happens in their upcoming bouts against Oleksandr Usyk and Deontay Wilder.
Joshua and Fury had signed for a £150million undisputed heavyweight title fight in Saudi Arabia on August 14.
But Wilder brought forward arbitration that resulted in a trilogy bout between him and Fury being ordered which has forced Joshua to fight Usyk.
And while Joshua has accused Fury and his team of ‘letting down’ the boxing public, he remains focused on a clash with his fellow Brit.
“With or without Usyk in my life I’m going to fight Fury,” Joshua told Sky Sports about his plans to face Fury. “Let’s put it that way.
“Usyk’s not the end all and be all and Usyk doesn’t determine that fight because that fight has to happen.
“It’s a big fight – bigger than boxing, bigger than the belts. So yeah, it’ll happen.”
However, Joshua has no intentions of losing his titles to the Ukrainian, and he believes that once he gets through the challenge that this fight will be ‘bigger’ than the original bout.
“After I fight Usyk and defend my belts and hopefully the world’s back to normal, this fight is going to be absolutely bigger and better than what it would have been in a few weeks.
“I am 100 per cent sure that I will fight him and win, you’ve got to ask him the same question, I’m not too sure [what he would say].
“We did everything. During a global pandemic, the toughest time to organise a fight like that, we managed to have 20,000 fans available, a site fee, the media ready, my name was on the contract, I was in training.
“Then boom, they cancelled. I stay ready to fight them all because I’m a throwback fighter.”
And Fury also appears to be up for a fight with Joshua in what would be arguably the biggest match-up in the history of British boxing.
“I’ll deal with these guys later,” Fury told Sky Sports when asked about Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn.
“The most important thing to me is Wilder, the most dangerous heavyweight in the world who would knock out Joshua in the first round.
“I’ve got to get past Wilder then those guys will get their five minutes of fame. I’ll give them the biggest beatdown they have had in their lives.”
The bout would likely still take place in the Middle East, despite annoyance from Saudi officials, who were planning on building a new arena specifically for the massive title fight.
However, promoter Bob Arum has insisted that he would love to do the event at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff this December, or in early 2022 with the roof closed over the venue.
Joshua fights Usyk in September at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, while Fury v Wilder 3 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 24.