Anthony Joshua again challenges Tyson Fury to sparring session

Joshua is keen to get in the ring with Fury ahead of the latter’s rematch with Deontay Wilder

Luke Brown
Tuesday 24 December 2019 10:47
Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz presser

Anthony Joshua has insisted he would beat Tyson Fury in a heavyweight title fight and has again challenged his domestic rival to a sparring session.

Joshua, 30, reclaimed his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles when he beat Andy Ruiz Jr on points earlier this month, having sensationally lost their first fight at Madison Square Garden in June.

He is now likely to fight either WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk or IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev, with WBC champion Deontay Wilder set to fight Fury in a rematch on February 22 2020.

Joshua could fight the winner of that contest and he has again offered to spar with Fury, potentially paving the way for a huge domestic clash in late 2020 or early 2021.

“It’s all for experience at the end of the day. What I learnt from myself and who I am – if I make a mistake once, I don’t make it again,” Joshua told Sky Sports.

“With Fury, sparring him for the first time, maybe for my benefit I might go in there and just batter him around the ring or he might batter me around the ring.

“If that is the case, I know I can take my notes and go back when I’m ready to fight him and correct all my wrongs.

“Everyone’s like ‘you wouldn’t do it’ but no one knows how my brain works. Everyone talks from their own experiences and I can only talk from my own.

“So when I say I’ll go and spar Fury, it’s because I have a plan in my mind that no one will really understand.

“I’ll beat him.”

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