Heavyweight king Anthony Joshua is not messing about any longer and fully intends to show his more menacing side from now on.
The Londoner, nominated for the WBN Fighter of the Year Award for 2017 (vote here), has been bringing out his meaner side gradually for some time now and doesn’t intend to go back to his softer ways anytime soon.
In regards to a possible fight with British rival Tyson Fury, Joshua outlined his intentions to see how it could develop rather than jumping straight in and says he’s got little admiration for what the former ruler has achieved in the sport.
“I don’t respect him,” Joshua told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“I don’t have much respect for many boxers in the heavyweight division. It’s not an act with me. I’m being honest. I used to. I used to say very nice things.
“If I speak well of Tyson Fury and say ‘what he’s achieved is so hard and I respect him’ it builds the credibility of the heavyweight championship belt up.
“But when Tyson Fury says ‘Anthony Joshua is a bum’ and ‘look at him, he’s struggling against this opponent’ it discredits everything I’ve achieved.”
On whether they could battle in 2018, Joshua added: “He is a lively opponent when he is fit.
“He has his own battles and demons to face and once he has got over them he’s more than welcome to enter a ring with me. It’s something we should be focusing in on 2018.
“With all due respect to Tyson Fury, it would be wise if his handlers got him a few fights. Get the body ticking over again and get that love for the sport back. Get a few wins under the belt and then we can get it cracking.”
During the interview, Joshua also labelled WBC rival Deontay Wilder a ‘big mouth’ as a unification with Joseph Parker draws nearer before the American then steps up to the plate in the summer.