Tyson Fury issues warning to Anthony Joshua over Kubrat Pulev fight

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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Mikel Arteta sends warning to Aubameyang and Arsenal transfer targets

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he’s not interested in having to convince players to join or stay at the club.

The Spaniard signed Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari in January but Arteta had been expected to make sizeable changes in the summer transfer market.

The coronavirus pandemic is set to impact those plans but the fundemantals of Arteta’s ambitions remain, with the Spaniard keen on signing a centre-back, defensive midfielder and attacking midfielder this summer.

As well as additions, Arteta wants Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to commit his future to the club with the Gabon international having just 14 months left on his existing deal.

However, Arteta has suggested he will not pander to Aubameyang’s situation by insisting he’s not interested in players that aren’t committed to either joining or staying at the club.

Speaking to Ian Wright about signing players, Arteta expanded: ‘The moment we mention Arsenal you know what it means around the world.

‘Everybody wants to come here. We have a very clear idea of what we are. It doesn’t need much convincing and if they do then it’s not a good starting point.

‘If i have to convince a player to stay or join us [grimaces] then I am a little bit [makes noise]…. it holds me back a little bit.

‘It has to be ‘I want to play for that club, they represent the values and style of play i want’ that’s the emotion I want to see here. same with the players that are here, what’s your feelings, what are the things that you have towards the club. that’s what interests me.’

Aubameyang has attracted interest from Barcelona and reports in Spain claim the Gunners would accept a bid of around £30m for the former Dortmund man.

Manchester United and Chelsea would both like to sign the forward but Arsenal would rather sell abroad, though their preference remains to keep him.

Aubameyang was appointed club captain last autumn after Granit Xhaka was stripped of the armband.

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