Anthony Joshua is willing to take on anyone but wants to prove he is the best heavyweight in the world by fighting Tyson Fury, says Eddie Hearn.

Joshua is preparing to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO belts against Kubrat Pulev on December 12, his first fight of a year that has seen the boxing schedule hampered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Bulgarian Pulev – who is the IBF's mandatory challenger – is a hurdle the champion needs to clear ahead of a potential unification showdown against WBC holder Fury, the British rivals having agreed a two-fight deal for 2021.

However, with Fury involved in a mediation process with former opponent Deontay Wilder over a potential trilogy fight, Oleksandr Usyk could offer an alternative option.

Promoter Hearn has made clear that Joshua is ready for any challenger in the ring, though the lucrative showdown with Fury remains his top priority.

"AJ has consistently proved that he will fight all-comers – mandatory challengers, unified champions, future hall-of-famers," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"Now he's doing it again [with Pulev], and that's why when you talk about Usyk, he will fight Usyk no problems at all, but he wants to fight Tyson Fury.

"He wants to prove he's the best heavyweight in the world and undisputed or not, we will do everything we can to make sure it is. Not one person can have any doubt after that fight, who the baddest man on the planet is."

Fury had planned to make a title defence before the end of 2020 – Agit Kabayel was lined up as an opponent for December – but announced on Twitter on Sunday that he will not now be back in the ring until next year.

'The Gypsy King' secured the belt by sensationally stopping Deontay Wilder in February, while also holds a point win over Wladimir Klitschko on his record.

Hearn, though, insists Fury's CV does not come close to stacking up when compared to who Joshua has faced – and beaten – since turning pro.

"It makes me laugh when people look at AJ's resume," Hearn said. "Maybe I'm seeing something other people don't?

"I mean Dillian Whyte, Dominic Breazeale, Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin, Carlos Takam, Andy Ruiz, Kubrat Pulev.

"These are consecutive fights. You don't see Tom Schwarz, Otto Wallin, Sefer Serferi. Who is the other geezer? I can't even remember his name, the Italian bloke? And then Agit Kabayel.

"I mean it's laughable when you compare the two resumes, but it's in black and white for everyone to see."

Tyson Fury has revealed he will be returning to the ring in 2021, thereby ruling out a planned December bout for the WBC heavyweight champion. 

Fury claimed the title by ending Deontay Wilder's reign – as well as the American's unbeaten streak – in February, producing a sensational stoppage in the seventh round of their much-anticipated rematch in Las Vegas. 

Plans for a trilogy fight between the pair in July were put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic, while the new champion has also agreed a two-fight deal to face Anthony Joshua next year. 

Fury had appeared set to be in action before then, however, with European champion Agit Kabayel a potential opponent for a December 5 outing.

However, with Wilder initiating a mediation over his right to a rematch, that fight date has been scrapped, Fury confirmed on Twitter.   

"The Gypsy King is returning in 2021," he wrote. "Only those that have supported me 100 per cent since my comeback will be with me for the glory."

At the start of November, Wilder called on Fury to "be a man" and stick to the rematch clause in their contract from their second fight.

"When that fight was a draw, I told you that I would give you a rematch," Wilder tweeted in a lengthy post.

"You know I was offered more money to fight Joshua than I was getting to fight you. Again being a man of my word, I fought you like I said I would…"

A decision on Wilder's case for a third meeting is expected to be announced in the near future, with promoter Frank Warren telling BT Sport on Friday: "Next week, we will know what the position is."

Filip Hrgovic has challenged fellow heavyweight contenders to stop avoiding him after dismantling Rydell Booker with ease to remain unbeaten.

The Croatian stopped his former sparring partner inside five rounds on the undercard to Devin Haney's points victory over Yuriorkis Gamboa, continuing his rise as he aims to step out of the shadows in a crowded division.

Hrgovic boasts a 12-0 record and while there are some notable names on the list of previous opponents – his professional CV includes knocking out former world title challenger Eric Molina in three rounds, as well as beating the experienced Kevin Johnson on points – the former amateur star is ready for a step up in class.

Speaking to DAZN after becoming the first fighter to stop Booker, the 28-year-old made clear he is growing "impatient" having been avoided in the past.

"I would like to fight the best in the division," Hrgovic said in his post-fight interview. "It will be hard for my promoters and my manager to put those fights together, but I want the best in the division.

"Come on guys, sign that contract! Everyone we sent a contract to declined. I'm not so tough - sign the contract!"

He added: "I'm impatient. I had a long amateur career, long WBSS (World Boxing Super Series) and I feel ready. I want a hard fight, a lot of Instagram boxers just talk, no one wants to sign a fight with me."

While admitting he is not quite ready to take on the leading names such as Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, Hrgovic called out plenty of others who he hopes will step up to face him.

Among the list were Alexander Povetkin and Dillian Whyte, who had been due to meet in a rematch on November 21 until the former contracted COVID-19.

"I need a couple of hard fights, a couple of big names at the level below those guys you mention [in Joshua, Fury and Deontay Wilder]," Hrgovic said.

"I'm looking for these kinds of fighters: Michael Hunter, Zhang Zhilei, Joe Joyce, Daniel Dubois, Povetkin, Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora... I want all these guys to fight.

"That will be my preparation for the best in the division."

Anthony Joshua wants to become the undisputed heavyweight champion, warning "I'm keen on getting my hands on" Tyson Fury's WBC title.

A deal for two 2021 fights between Fury (30-0-1) and WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO holder Joshua (23-1) was agreed in principle in June.

Joshua, who reclaimed his belts by beating Andy Ruiz in a rematch last December, will defend his titles against Kubrat Pulev next month.

But Joshua is eyeing Fury and the full collection of heavyweight championships, telling Sky Sports: "It's always been my wish. Not just the WBC but competing with the toughest challenges that the heavyweight division has to offer.

"That's the only way to get better, right? You have a tough night, you go back again, you improve whether you win or lose.

"Fighting for the WBC would be an honour. It's a prestigious belt, it's one that I'm keen on getting my hands on.

"When the time is right, the opportunity will present itself."

Meanwhile, Tyson Fury's brother Tommy also discussed the upcoming heavyweight blockbuster.

"I'm not being biased but the Joshua fight will be the easiest fight of Tyson's career," Tommy Fury told Press Box HR. "Tyson's an all-around better fighter than Joshua. Joshua's a great champion and achieved a lot in his career but Tyson's just on that next level.

"There's not anything that Joshua does that poses a threat. He comes forward and he throws a one-two, a hook and the occasional uppercut - that's it.

"For my money, Wilder would have had his way with Joshua. Wilder's a lot more explosive and a harder hitter, so if Tyson has done that to Wilder, what is he gonna do to Joshua? The Joshua fight would be a foregone conclusion.

"If Tyson chose to box, Joshua wouldn't get near him. If Tyson wants to fight AJ like he did Wilder then he ain't going to win that battle because Tyson is six-feet-nine inches, nearly 20 stone and has got big, big firepower now. If a massive puncher like Wilder couldn't do anything with that, what's Joshua going to do?

"Joshua is a big man but he's musclebound and in the late rounds that will have an effect. As we've seen in a lot of Joshua's fights, when he's been in a proper fight, he has gassed out. Round six, seven and eight he has become sloppy and that's when I think Tyson will get him out of there."

World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is glad "the truth has revealed itself" after Deontay Wilder admitted he turned down a big-money bout against the Briton prior to fighting Tyson Fury.

On Saturday, Wilder made a string of comments criticising Fury for ending his interest in a third fight against the American, condemning reports the WBC champion was pursuing a meeting with Carlos Takam instead.

During those remarks, Wilder said to Fury: "You know I was offered more money to fight Joshua than I was getting to fight you. Again being a man of my word, I fought you."

Negotiations for a huge unification fight between Joshua and Wilder never reached a breakthrough before the latter's first fight against Fury, which ended in a dramatic draw in December 2018.

WBA, WBO and IBF champion Joshua – who defends his titles against Kubrat Pulev next month – has often faced jibes he had dodged a fight against Wilder, who at that time held the WBC belt, but is relieved the record has been set straight.

"When time goes by, naturally the truth will always reveal itself," Joshua said to Sky Sports. "He admitted it. We made him a lucrative offer but he wanted to face Fury. 

"So be it. If that's what he wanted to do, fine. But he dragged my name through the mud.

"It's hard because at the time when people are talking and you see lots of media stuff, you start to believe what that person is saying. I get a lot of stick but I take it with a pinch of salt.

"While Wilder was trying to make me look like a bad person, that I didn't want to enhance the sport, or fight certain fighters, I just had to roll with the punches.

"He has come out and said it himself. We offered him a really good deal but he wanted to fight Fury. People can take it how they want and see what the truth is now."

Wilder was stopped by Fury in their February 2020 rematch and is contractually entitled to a third bout.

But Fury became frustrated by delays and plans to fight someone else on December 5, with Eddie Hearn calling for Dillian Whyte to be the opponent after his fight against Alexander Povetkin was postponed when the Russian tested positive for COVID-19.

Tyson Fury has no interest in fighting Dillian Whyte next month, promoter Frank Warren said on Wednesday, rebuffing a bold bid to make the all-British showdown happen.

The prospect of the heavyweight clash taking place was raised by Eddie Hearn, after Alexander Povetkin came down with COVID-19 and was forced to pull out of a November 21 rematch with Whyte.

There are hopes that the postponed Povetkin-Whyte ring battle will now go ahead in late January.

Hearn, as Whyte's promoter, said a fight with WBC champion Fury on December 5 was "a phone call away" as he made an ambitious move to thrust his man back into the international spotlight.

However, Warren has lined up Germany's Agit Kabayel as the man to take on Fury on that date at the Royal Albert Hall.

And while the paperwork had yet to be concluded when Warren spoke on Wednesday, it appears to be a matter of time before that fight is set.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Warren said: "We have in mind what we want to do next but it doesn't feature Dillian.

"He [Hearn] would be wasting his money. I don't get it."

Whyte and Povetkin had been preparing to meet for a second time, with the Russian having won by fifth-round knock-out in August.

"Correct me if I'm wrong," said Warren. "Didn’t Dillian Whyte get poleaxed in his last fight? That's it, he's lost his chance.

"With Tyson, we're working on Agit Kabayel, that's who we want for Tyson, that's our preferred opponent.

"It certainly won't be against Whyte, there's no gain in it. We don't need it, so it's not going to happen."

Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin has been admitted to hospital with COVID-19 and his fight against Dillian Whyte has been postponed, promoter Eddie Hearn said.

Povetkin and Whyte were due to fight at Wembley Arena on November 21, but their clash has been provisionally moved to a January 30 date.

Hearn suggested Whyte should instead tackle British rival and WBC champion Tyson Fury before the end of the year.

Fury is planning a December 5 title defence and German fighter Agit Kabayel is his expected opponent, but Hearn tweeted: "Dillian Whyte v Tyson Fury anyone?"

The clash between Povetkin and Whyte was set to be a rematch following their dramatic August showdown, when Povetkin won with a fifth-round knockout, despite having been dominated and knocked down twice in the early stages of the fight.

Hearn, the head of Matchroom Boxing, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday: "Unfortunately we got the news today that Alexander Povetkin is in hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.

"The fight will now be rescheduled to a target date of Jan 30. An announcement on our Nov 21 show will be made shortly."

Hearn added on Matchroom's website: "Firstly we want to wish Alexander Povetkin a speedy recovery.

"This is a challenging time for shows. There will be lots of ups and downs over the next few months. We look forward to the fight happening in late January."

Povetkin holds the WBC interim heavyweight title thanks to his previous win over Whyte.

Deontay Wilder demanded a rematch with Tyson Fury, calling for the WBC champion to honour his agreement for a blockbuster trilogy showdown.

A third Wilder-Fury clash has been touted after the latter stripped the American of the WBC title in February's rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas following a draw in the first fight in 2018.

Wilder (41-1-1) has the right to a third bout against British star Fury (30-0-1) but, although December 19 was suggested as a possible date, nothing has been finalised amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Fury announced in October that he had ended his interest in another rematch, while Wilder's co-manager denied claims his fighter no longer had a contractual clause for the bout, which would leave the former free to face Anthony Joshua instead.

A deal for two 2021 fights between Fury and Joshua, who regained the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight world titles by beating Andy Ruiz in a rematch last December, was agreed in principle in June.

Wilder called out Fury via social media on Saturday, writing on Twitter: "Fury Be A Man. @Tyson_Fury it is time for you to be a man and honour your agreement. What is this bull**** of you fighting Carlos Takam instead of me, you got to be kidding…

"When that fight was a draw, I told you that I would give you a rematch. You know I was offered more money to fight Joshua than I was getting to fight you. Again being a man of my word, I fought you like I said I would…

"In the rematch agreement, there was a rematch clause. Now it is time for you to be a man and honour your word, instead of trying to weasel out of our agreement. Scared people run by a scary man will break his contract you coward Azz b****!"

Fury produced a seven-round demolition via TKO against Wilder, who suffered his first loss.

In the accompanying video, Wilder added: "I saw in the first fight when Ricky Hatton was pulling down your gloves to put your fists in the improper position. Y'all tried the same method the second time, but this time, you scratched flesh out of my ears which caused my ears to bleed.

"It's impossible for a brand-new 10-ounce glove to bend, to keep a smushed-in form or to have loose space. I highly believe you put something hard in your glove. Something the size and the shape of an egg weight.

"It's the reason the side of my face swelled up in the egg weight form and it left a dent in my face as well.

"But in the midst of all, you still couldn't keep this king down. You would have had to kill me. In the end, it took a crap-in-a-bucket referee and a disloyal trainer to throw the towel in just to stop me."

Anthony Joshua believes Deontay Wilder could be working on a "master plan" as the American's silence following a high-profile defeat to Tyson Fury continues. 

Fury brilliantly dethroned WBC heavyweight champion Wilder with a seventh-round stoppage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in February. 

A trilogy fight was supposed to happen before the end of 2020, but Fury claimed this month that the bout will not take place as he has grown weary of waiting for Wilder to fix a date. 

Joshua, who holds the WBO, IBF and WBA heavyweight titles, has in the past been frustrated in his own attempts to face Wilder. 

The Briton, who recovered from a first career loss to Andy Ruiz Jr to regain the belts last December, is interested to know Wilder's current situation. 

"I don't know, so I can't speak on everyone's situation, but just from my humble opinion, after a loss, things change," Joshua, who is preparing to face Kubrat Pulev in December, told Sky Sports News. 

"You distance yourself. The world is cruel. You've got to have a thick skin. 

"Either he's putting together a master plan - he's in a lab right now, with his science glasses on, studying Fury's every move. Either he's doing that, or he's sitting at the edge of that lake, with his head in his hands and thinking, 'What's going on?' 

"One minute you're on top of the world, and the next minute you're not. That's the name of the game we're in."

In the aftermath of his loss to Fury, Wilder's reasons for the defeat were somewhat bizarre, ranging from claiming he was weakened by heavy ring-walk attire to unfounded claims about Fury's gloves, which the Briton denied. 

Joshua is keen to hear more from Wilder and wants to see the American back in the ring. 

"It's interesting as to say, 'Why hasn't he spoken?' But when he does speak, we'll soon find out. For me to make speculation as to why he hasn't spoken, I can't because only he knows," he added. 

"But I can't wait for him to address the reason why the fight isn't going to happen at the end of the year. What happened in the first fight? Why he lost. 

"Was it the costume, was it the glove situation? It would be really good to hear the reasons as to why and even better, I hope he does come back, because he's a great asset to the heavyweight division, and like the Dillian situation, I would like to understand how he found the strength to pull himself up."

Tyson Fury claims his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder is off because he has been wearied by the American's attempts to fix a date.

A Wilder-Fury trilogy has been touted after the latter stripped the American of the WBC title in February's rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas after a draw in the first fight in 2018.

Wilder (41-1-1) has the right to a third bout against British star Fury (30-0-1) but, although December 19 was suggested as a possible date, nothing has been finalised.

There have been claims Wilder no longer has a contractual clause for the rematch, which would leave Fury free to face Anthony Joshua instead, but Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel told Sky Sports last week: "They are wrong, we will fight in December."

Yet Fury himself claims to be frustrated by attempts from Wilder's camp to push back the date for the bout.

"I was looking forward to smashing Wilder again. A quick and easy fight," he told The Athletic.

"But Wilder and his team were messing around with the date. They don't really want to fight the lineal heavyweight champion. They know how it ends. The world knows how it will end: with Wilder on his a** again.

"They asked me if I would agree to push it to December. I agreed to December 19. Then they tried to change the date again into next year. I've been training. I'm ready. When they tried moving off December 19 and pushing to next year, enough was enough. I've moved on."

Fury is apparently prepared to let Wilder "win a few fights" before facing him again.

He added: "I am the best fighter in the world. The lineal heavyweight champion. The two-time Ring magazine heavyweight champion. The WBC heavyweight champion. And before the end of 2021, I will be the only man on this earth with a heavyweight championship belt."

A deal for two 2021 fights between Fury and Joshua, who regained the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight world titles by beating Andy Ruiz in a rematch last December, was agreed in principle in June.

Deontay Wilder's camp have denied reports a third blockbuster heavyweight showdown with Tyson Fury has been abandoned.

A Wilder-Fury trilogy has been touted after the latter stripped the American of the WBC title in February's rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Wilder (41-1-1) has the right to a third bout against British star Fury (30-0-1) and while December 19 has been talked of as a potential date for their next battle, nothing has been confirmed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

There have been claims that Wilder no longer has a contractual clause for the rematch, leaving Anthony Joshua to take on Fury instead.

However, Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel told Sky Sports: "They are wrong, we will fight in December."

It comes as Fury's co-promoter Frank Warren raised doubts over the in-demand fight.

"I don't know if that fight can get on this year," Warren told BT Sport. "Promoters on both sides, we have worked very hard to make it happen, but it's looking like it will not happen.

"There's talk about it happening next year. Tyson has been training like a lot of guys solidly since February, and he wants to fight this year.

"My concern is Tyson's welfare and well-being, and delivering what he wants, so he will fight this year. Contractual commitments are what they are, but contracts do not go on forever and if the fight cannot be delivered within the contractual period, Tyson will move on and maybe revisit the fight another time.

"He will be out this year because that's what he wants."

Deontay Wilder has made a bad mistake in ending his long association with trainer Mark Breland, according to fellow heavyweight Dillian Whyte.

Wilder is no longer working with Breland ahead of a third fight with Tyson Fury, with the American's co-manager Shelly Finkel confirming reports of the split to World Boxing News.

It was Breland - a former world champion - who threw in the towel to halt the second bout against Fury in February, as his fighter came under heavy punishment in the seventh round having already suffered two knockdowns.

However, Wilder was unhappy with the timing of the stoppage as he lost for the first time in his professional career, in the process ending his reign as WBC champion.

Yet Whyte has branded his rival an "idiot" for making such a major change to his team, insisting Breland made the correct call based on his own experiences in the ring.

"I think it's the worst mistake he's ever made, because Mark Breland is the only person in his team that actually was a boxer and actually was a world champion," Whyte told Sky Sports. "He was the only person that didn't care about money or fame.

"Someone who was actually from an emotional point [of view], someone who understands, thinking about his health and did the right thing by throwing the towel in, because he could have got seriously hurt.

"He was getting hit with punches that weren't knocking him out, they were concussing him. Mark Breland knows what it's like, because Mark Breland has been in the same position Wilder was in. He's someone that cares about the athlete and the boxing side of things."

He added: "Deontay Wilder is an idiot, he clearly can't see it. Good luck to him, it's his team, he can do whatever he wants.

"But I think it's a bad mistake. Mark Breland is the only one that knows boxing in his team."

Wilder has a rematch clause to face Fury again, though a date and venue for their third clash is yet to be confirmed amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Whyte was next in line for a shot at the WBC champion until suffering a shock loss to Alexander Povetkin in September. The pair are booked for a rematch on November 21.

Anthony Joshua described Tyson Fury as "just another heavyweight" and says his rival should consider retiring soon.

IBF, WBA and WBO title holder Joshua has agreed two fights with WBC champion Fury next year to determine the division's undisputed champion.

Joshua first faces a mandatory title defence against Kubrat Pulev at the end of the year, while Fury is set to take on Deontay Wilder for a third time.

Fury won his first world titles in 2015, seven years after turning professional, whereas his countryman needed just three years to make his big breakthrough.

And ahead of their proposed superfights at some point in 2021, Joshua has cast doubt over whether taking on Fury will be the biggest test of his career.

"Fury has been professional much longer than me. He should be looking to retire soon," he told Sky Sports.

"If he wants to cement his legacy, I'm here and ready. I've built myself into this position.

"I'll challenge Fury, I'll challenge Wilder. These guys aren't the biggest names that I've fought on my record anyway. They are just another heavyweight.

"Look at my record. They are not the best fighters that I have challenged. When they are ready, I'm here to fight."

Fury has won 30 of his 31 professional fights and beat Wilder in February to claim the WBC and Ring Magazine titles.

However, Joshua – with a record of 23 wins from 24 fights – is not fazed about stepping into the ring with the Gypsy King.

"I haven't got fear of Fury – whether he's got a better chin than me, a better jab than me, whether he's all of this stuff that people say," Joshua said. 

"So be it. Let me go in there and prove myself. Show you who I am and what I can do.

"I've fought five champions and been in two unification fights. I'm a two-time heavyweight champion in the space of 24 fights and a [seven-year] career. It shows you I am serious.

"If Fury is serious, I'll take that fight seriously too."

Anthony Joshua will fight behind closed doors this year if he has to, but Eddie Hearn is optimistic there will be a crowd at the O2 Arena for a December 12 bout against Kubrat Pulev.

Joshua's camp continues to negotiate a huge heavyweight unification fight against British rival Tyson Fury, but he first must face Pulev.

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the boxing world, yet promoter Hearn is adamant Joshua cannot afford to wait for the crisis to pass.

Matchroom Boxing's Hearn is targeting test events with crowds in the coming months with the aim of getting "a strong crowd" in London for Joshua.

Hearn told Matchroom: "Someone said to me last night: 'Presumably, if you can't get crowds back, AJ won't fight.' No, AJ will fight behind closed doors if he has to this year.

"He must fight. He's progressing as a fighter, he's learning all the time, he's challenging himself. He doesn't want to sit on the shelf.

"We believe through the pilot schemes that we'll run in September and then fans coming back in October, there's a good chance that Anthony Joshua can have a strong crowd at the O2 on December 12.

"That's the target date for that fight. Things are nearly wrapped up with Pulev's team as well for that date. Hopefully we can build towards a massive finish to the year."

That finish could see Oleksandr Usyk versus Derek Chisora followed by Dillian Whyte's rematch against Alexander Povetkin.

Hearn says he is "still grinding away" on the Usyk fight for late October, while the Povetkin bout should be announced for November in the coming weeks - Whyte looking for swift revenge after the Russian veteran sensationally knocked him out at Matchroom Fight Camp last month.

Attention is already turning towards booking the clash with Fury, though.

"Fury against AJ's a must," Hearn said. "I saw the comments [by Fury and his co-promoter Frank Warren], 'they don't want it, they don't want it'.

"You have to understand: why would you not want the fight that's the biggest ever for British boxing history?"

He added: "I spoke to [Fury's co-promoter] Bob Arum. We've been having some deep conversations about that fight all week. Actually, me and Bob are ready to move forward and close that fight now."

Anthony Joshua is confident he knows how to go about beating Tyson Fury but does not expect to face his fellow Brit in a blockbuster heavyweight showdown this year.

Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter, this week stated the English duo could do battle in a much-anticipated unification before the end of 2020, amid talk that Deontay Wilder may pull out of a trilogy fight with Fury.

A fight with mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev is due to be WBA, WBO and IBF champion Joshua's next assignment, while Fury is contracted to face Wilder for a third time.

WBC champion Fury and Joshua verbally agreed to two fights next year during a coronavirus crisis that has caused uncertainty over scheduling.

Joshua is focused on overcoming his next hurdle in the form of Pulev, but already has in mind how he plans to defeat compatriot Fury.

He told Capital Breakfast: "I've got a winner's head on my shoulders, so I'm going in to win.

"You know, you work Tyson's body, I know certain shots that he's vulnerable to as well, so I kind of create those opportunities as well. With a winner’s head on my shoulders I'll go in there and I'll do whatever it takes by any means really."

Joshua knows both he and Fury have "banana skin fights" to get through before they can finally meet.

He added: "We've got to put them on an equal playing field because if I say 'I've got the bigger test' or 'he's got the bigger test', you never know what's going to happen.

"They're both banana skin fights. It's like 'get past this one then there's the big one next', so this one is just as important as the big one.

"When the time is right we'll fight. We're keen but I've got Kubrat Pulev first which is a mandatory defence, which I have to do. Once I get past that I'm a free agent.

"I'm going to say we'll fight next year but everything else that comes with it, I've just got to put to the back of my mind and just focus on Kubrat Pulev. Once I get past him, hopefully Fury will be the next one in line."

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