Anthony Joshua has slammed Tyson Fuy's promoter Bob Arum as "talking s***" after he claimed to offer a step aside deal to allow Fury to face Oleksandr Usyk first.
Fury has been told by the World Boxing Council that he must face Dillian Whyte in his next title defence – unless he can organise a deal to fight Usyk.
But Joshua has exercised his rematch clause to trigger an immediate second bout with the Ukrainian, which means a considerable step aside deal would need to be put in place to make the fight happen.
And Joshua has hit back at Arum's claims that he should take a deal, which would see him fight the winner of potential Fury vs Usyk bout next.
“F*** Bob Arum," Joshua said when asked by iFL TV about the veteran promoter.
"‘Joshua’s a bottle job, he’s a cherry picker, he didn’t want to fight Tyson Fury.’ F*** all that, with all due respect, take it how you want.
“He can’t talk s*** about me and think I’m gonna take it easy. He talks a lot of s*** every time. I’m not interested in what Bob Arum has to say.
"I don't talk on people that I don't really respect, I don't really respect Bob Arum."
Joshua and Usyk are expected to fight early next year, while Fury and Whyte will likely square off within a few weeks, similarly to how their timings played out this year.
Usyk took Joshua's unified heavyweight belts by comprehensively outboxing him on September 25, and two weeks later Fury had faced Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout.
Fury and Usyk are now the two heavyweight world champions, and it remains to be seen if Whyte or Joshua will be able to change that in the early part of 2022.
Joshua has admitted that he will likely need to make a number of considerable changes if he wants to beat Usyk in the rematch, having lost decisively the first time around.
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“With that fight, it’s clear that styles make fights, and I adopted the wrong style," he explained.
“That’s not to say next time I’ll go out there and swing like a mad man, but I have certain strengths that will cause him and a lot of other people a lot of problems.
“Remember that Usyk was a heavyweight from the WSP time and dropped down to cruiserweight" Joshua explained.
"He probably realised that he’s one of the smaller heavyweights at that time and he’s built himself up.
“He had about 400 amateur fights and he’s seen people try and rough him up millions of times so just to have that one style is silly.
“I’ve learned that if you hit people constantly and keep on applying the same amount of pressure then they will realise you are not going anywhere and that you’re here to stay.
“That’s all I have in my mind at the minute – that one track and to stay on course and take this guy to places he doesn’t want to go."
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