Tyson Fury insists he is eager to take on Anthony Joshua in a unification fight but has warned his heavyweight rival that neither of them can afford to slip up in their upcoming bouts.
Despite talks of step-aside offers to facilitate a hotly-anticipated, all-British unification clash, Fury is still contracted to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time while AJ is due to take on Kubrat Pulev.
Fury says his focus is still firmly on beating Wilder and has stressed that neither he, nor Joshua, can take their eye of the ball if they want to set up a unification fight in 2021.
‘If I get knocked out by Deontay Wilder, then it won’t be on, will it,’ Fury told Sky Sports.
‘It will be another fight with Wilder and so forth and so on. If he loses to Pulev, so close, but so far away.
‘In heavyweight boxing, you can never count your chickens before they hatch, so one fight at a time. One victory at a time.
‘All going well, god willing, we get on the big fight with me and Joshua, the all-British showdown and I can give the fans what they want to see, especially the British fans.
‘It will be the biggest fight since I believe Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno. It was a while ago, Cardiff Arms Park.’
Joshua was recently asked about Fury on Instagram Live, saying: ‘You know what? There will be even bigger [fights in my career] because I’m not going anywhere.
‘I’m here to make history. I’m hungry, I’m fired up, Fury’s just another opponent at the end of the day.
‘It’s going to be big for everyone else but I’ve got to keep myself together and I look at Fury like he’s just another fighter.’
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