Tyson Fury is confident a match-up with Anthony Joshua would be a routine victory as the former heavyweight king plots a return to the summit of the sport.
The 29 year-old is deep in training for his comeback following a last ring appearance in November 2015 and has singled out Joshua as his number one target.
“I’m gonna say this, a bold quote; Joshua will be my easiest fight. Even easier than Wladimir Klitschko. Even after two and a half years out the ring,” said Fury to BoxNation in their recent podcast before addressing the current heavyweight scene.
“I look at them all and I see all good men, all good world champions, all young and ambitious and unbeaten, and it’s a very good time to be a heavyweight.
“Deep down, they know the Gypsy King will reign supreme again.
“I’ve been proving people wrong my whole life. As soon as I entered into this world I proved people wrong. The doctors said I wouldn’t make it, but I did. The doctors said I wouldn’t be very big, and I’m a giant (referring to being born prematurely and weighing just 1lb).
“They said I couldn’t win a British Title, and I did. Said I definitely wouldn’t win a European and I did that. They said he’s got no chance against Wladimir Klitschko…I made the man look stupid.
“They said I’d never be able to overcome UKAD – done. And then they said I’d never get my licence back – done. They said I could never lose the weight. Well guess what? That’s on the way to being done too.
“Don’t get me wrong, I had a lot of weight to shift – and I still have – but I’ve lost four stone so it’s a good start. I’ve lost it in about eight weeks. I’m training twice a day, every day.
“I was at the top of the tree, number one on the planet. It had to be more than that for me. I wanted to be the most controversial, charismatic, outspoken champion. I do believe I achieved that,” added the lineal ruler.
Fury could be back in action as early as April with Shannon Briggs and others in the frame to be in the opposite corner, whilst Joshua is currently tied up in a unification clash against Joseph Parker.