Anthony Joshua referred to as out Tyson Fury and confirmed he can be preventing once more this summer time as he marked his return to the ring with a unanimous choice victory over Jermaine Franklin on Saturday night time.
The previous two-time world heavyweight champion seemed understandably nervy however largely dominated proceedings towards a troublesome Franklin in what marked his first outing since dropping his rematch to Oleksandr Usyk final August.
It marked the start of what has been deemed a brand new chapter for Joshua as he seeks to re-establish himself again among the many world’s title-holding heavyweights.
He wasted no time after the ultimate bell in reiterating his curiosity in an all-British showdown towards Tyson Fury.
“I attempt to present for the followers, I do know who the followers need – who do the followers need? They stated Fury, yeah? The ball is in his court docket,” Joshua stated on the DAZN broadcast.
“I’d be 100 per cent honoured to compete for the WBC Championship of the world.
“I stand right here and say that proudly, that may be an honour.
“Wherever you might be, in case you are listening, my administration, my promoter, we have had dialogue earlier than so let’s proceed this and hopefully we will get this accomplished sooner moderately than later. We don’t get any youthful.
“I am unable to wait to get again to Texas, develop and push on as a result of there is a larger struggle, you know the way one struggle leads onto one other, I am unable to wait to get the subsequent massive struggle.”
Questions proceed to loom over the heavyweight division as a complete in gentle of talks over a potential undisputed conflict between Fury and Usyk breaking down. Whereas Joe Joyce has emerged as a possible opponent for Fury, Usyk is seemingly heading in direction of a gathering with necessary WBA challenger Daniel Dubois.
Except for Fury, Joshua has additionally been linked to a different struggle towards previous rival Dillian Whyte, who was in attendance to look at the Olympic champion in London on Saturday night time, in addition to Deontay Wilder, who was notably bumped as much as No 1 within the WBA rankings over the weekend.
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