Anthony Joshua: There have been Tyson Fury talks, but I need to prove I can handle massive fights

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IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says contact has already been made over the possibility of a huge blockbuster with Brit rival Tyson Fury as the Olympic gold medallist builds towards a unification.

Joshua, 26, puts his belt on the line this Saturday night in London against undefeated American Dominic Breazeale on knows he needs to shine in each and every defence from now on in order to land the Fury encounter.

“I’d love to fight Tyson – it’s a match-up that needs to happen,” outlined Joshua.

“There have been talks, whether they are a quick chat or serious negotiations, but you can’t click your fingers and come up with a mega fight. It takes time, but they are in the pipeline and we’re building towards them.

“In the meantime, I want to test myself and learn my craft. I need to perform well to prove that I can handle the massive fights.’’

WBA, WBO and IBO title holder Fury also has the small matter of a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko to deal with once his injured ankle is healed and Joshua has backed his compatriot to repeat his feat of Dusseldorf last November – whilst also addressing some of more derogatory comments ‘The Gypsy King’ has made public on ‘AJ’ in his usual manner.

“I think because he’s beaten Wladimir once he can do it again. I didn’t think he’d win the first fight, but he pulled it off,” he pointed out.

“Tyson talks a lot. I hear so many different things, if he was consistent with what he says then maybe I’d think he was digging a bit, but it’s just water off a duck’s back. I don’t know him, but as long as people are saying ‘when are you going to fight him?’ then I like him because he is relevant.

“It would be such a huge fight and one that would be part of my legacy,” added Joshua.