Anthony Joshua's injury will not impact upon his planned fights with Kubrat Pulev or Tyson Fury, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

Joshua was pictured on crutches, with his left knee in a brace, while attending a Black Lives Matter protest in Watford.

The IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight champion is expected to be out of action for four weeks.

Charles Martin's camp said the American was "ready and waiting" to fight Pulev later this year if Joshua was unable to compete.

Hearn, however, has no concerns about Joshua's injury making him a doubt to face Pulev or Fury, who has an agreement in principle over a double-header in 2021.

"When you're on crutches with your leg in a brace it is never great, but it's not something that will affect his 2020 career or his career at all," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"He will have [the brace] on for three or four weeks just to make sure he is good to go to resume training.

"He tweaked the inside of his knee. He's had scans. No surgery, so that's good news.

"He's got to make sure he doesn't do any running or heavy work over the next few weeks."

Hearn says the IBF mandatory bout with Pulev is likely to take place in November, allowing the prospect of a unification clash with Fury after he fights Deontay Wilder for a third time and Dillian Whyte before February next year.

"In our minds, [Joshua versus Pulev] happens in November," said Hearn.

"We know that Deontay Wilder's side are working on the Fury fight. We have Dillian Whyte hopefully fighting at our headquarters in August against Alexander Povetkin.

"There are talks to stage the Pulev fight around November. That's the fight that is next. It's the IBF mandatory.

"We want to make sure that, when a Joshua-Fury fight does happen, it is for all the belts. The undisputed heavyweight championship of the world."

Tyson Fury says a two-fight deal with Anthony Joshua is in place, with the two heavyweight champions set to meet in 2021.

Joshua regained the IBF, WBA and WBO titles from Andy Ruiz Jr in December 2019, while Fury defeated Deontay Wilder in February to gain the WBC strap.

Fury posted on Instagram to say an agreement had been reached, though he must first win a trilogy fight against Wilder.

"I'm just after getting off the phone with [broker] Daniel Kinahan. He's just informed me that the biggest fight in British boxing history has just been agreed," said Fury.

"Big shout out Dan, he got this done, literally over the line, a two-fight deal, Tyson Fury versus Anthony Joshua next year.

"One problem, I've just got to smash Deontay Wilder's face right in in the next fight, and then we go into the Joshua fight next year.

"So there we are, the Gypsy King versus AJ is on for next year but there's a hurdle in the road called the Bronze Bomber, AKA the Knockout King, and I will get right onto him and knock him spark out and then get onto the next fight."

Prior to Fury's comments, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn said the two fighters had agreed on the financial aspects of the deal.

"We're making great progress," Hearn told Sky Sports. "There is still a lot to overcome. We are looking at venues and dates.

"We have the Dillian Whyte mandatory which is due before this fight. It's fair to say [Joshua and Fury] are in agreement regarding the financial terms of the fight.

"We've been talking to [Fury's management team] MTK, giving them the assurances from Joshua's side that all the details on the structure of the deal is approved from our side. And it is from Fury's side, as well.

"We're in a good place. It's fair to say that, in principle, both guys have agreed to that fight. Two fights.

"[There's] a lot to overcome in the meantime. We're moving in the right direction. I'm confident that both guys have giving their blessing for the fight to go ahead.

"The most difficult part of any deal is the financial element. I believe we're in a great place where both guys have agreed to what that should be.

"We have not signed contracts because there are still things to be worked out. 

"We're pushing towards a place where they can be drafted, for 2021. Both guys are in agreement. The structure of the deal has been put forward and agreed to by both parties."

Joshua is due to fight Kubrat Pulev in October or November but is currently injured, having sustained a knee problem while training.

He was pictured on crutches while attending a Black Lives Matter protest in Watford last week, with his left knee in a brace.

Promoter Bob Arum is confident a deal can be struck for a heavyweight blockbuster between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua but insists the fight will not take place until next year.

The two Britons hold all of the major belts in boxing's blue riband division, with Joshua avenging his shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr to reclaim the IBF, WBA and WBO straps last December.

Fury then battered Deontay Wilder to a seventh-round loss in Las Vegas in February to take the WBC title, leaving him once again on a collision course with Joshua.

However, each man has contractual obligations to uphold. Fury is committed to a third meeting with Wilder, with whom he shared a contentious draw in December 2018, while Joshua was set to meet IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in June before the coronavirus pandemic laid waste to those plans.

Arum, who promotes both Fury and Pulev, told Stats Perform News those fights will have to happen first but remains confident he can broker an agreement.

"We're going to have to wait for that fight until maybe the end of the first quarter of 2021. We've been talking about this at length – both Eddie Hearn, Frank Warren and myself.

"Obviously it would require both Joshua and Fury to be successful in the fights that they're already contracted for.

"If that's so, we would work together – all of us, MTK [Fury's management] – to get that fight on sometime early next year."

Arum's Top Rank promotional outfit relaunched boxing behind closed doors in Las Vegas this week and hopes to bring back shows with minimal attendance later in the year.

However, he concedes Fury v Wilder III is a fight of such magnitude and expense that it requires a live gate, meaning reports Sydney's Bankwest Stadium could stage the bout on Christmas Day that emerged this week are not as far-fetched as they might initially sound.

"Dean Lonergan [the promoter behind the proposal] is a good friend of mine. We did the Manny Pacquiao v Jeff Horn fight and he's been back and forth to me with the idea of doing that fight around Christmas in Sydney, Australia," he explained.

"There's the big, big stadium there. There's been a lot of support from the [local] government to do that fight and the Aussies are used to doing these big events around noon on a Sunday, which is equivalent to prime time in the United States on a Saturday night.

"It's all good but there are a number of questions. Will the authorities allow boxing or any of the sports events with full capacity in an outdoor stadium? We don't know that. I told Dean he's got to find out whether that's so.

"It's the same problem we have in the United States. If we can't do an event with a full capacity, then why go all the way over to Australia?"

Bob Arum is confident a third bout between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder can take place at end of the year with spectators, with Macau and Australia floated as potential options to stage the fight.

The first meeting between the two ended in a thrilling and controversial draw in December 2018, before Fury claimed the WBC heavyweight title from Wilder with a seven-round demolition in Las Vegas in February.

A third meeting had initially been set to take place in July, but the coronavirus pandemic forced a postponement.

Talk has since turned to a unification bout between Fury and British compatriot Anthony Joshua, who holds the WBA, WBO and IBF belts and saw his scheduled fight with Kubrat Pulev delayed due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

However, the completion of the trilogy with Wilder still appears to be the focus for promoter Arum.

"When we postponed the fight in July we punted it to October," he told Sky Sports. "I then called Fury and told him to forget about October. We'll try to do it in November or December. We are moving ahead.

"Maybe Macau, which needs to attract customers and has tremendous protocols. They have had, for months now, no cases of coronavirus.

"There are six big casino properties in Macau.

"We've talked to them. They're ready to put up money for the Fury fight against Wilder in November or December. We are waiting to see if the authorities in Macau will allow an event with full spectators in November or December.

"Our friends in Australia are talking about doing this fight, probably in Sydney. That's a possibility."

Arum also talked up the possibility of the fight again being held in Las Vegas, where there is a new potential venue in Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders.

"Maybe we can do it with a full attendance at the new stadium in Vegas of the Raiders," Arum added. "Maybe we could do it with 20,000 or 30,000 people [later in the year].

"I can't tell you where, but I'm pretty sure we'll get this event on in November or December.

"We're not sleeping. We're working hard to get it done."

A showdown between Britain's world heavyweight kings Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury is too close to call due to their history as sparring partners.

That is the opinion of veteran American heavyweight Kevin Johnson, who went the distance with reigning WBC champion Fury in a December 2012 points loss, before suffering a second-round knockout defeat to now unified IBF, WBA and WBO beltholder Joshua two-and-a-half years later.

Fury is seen by many as the man to beat in the division, still unbeaten in 31 contests and coming off the back of a career-best demolition of feared knockout artist Deontay Wilder in February.

Joshua's stock took a considerable hit when he was stunned by Andy Ruiz Jr – another former Johnson foe – last June but he responded in style by closing out an emphatic points verdict in an instant rematch.

The 2012 Olympic champion was due to face Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this month before the coronavirus pandemic laid waste to those plans, meaning talk of a long-awaited meeting between Joshua and Fury has duly ramped up.

Back in 2010, a 20-year-old Joshua sparred a 21-year-old Fury in London. In remarks far removed from more recent smack talk, both were complimentary about the other's efforts.

Johnson is a seasoned campaigner across some of the most notable gyms in the sport and served as a sparring partner – as Joshua and Fury also did – for former unified champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Speaking to Stats Perform News, he explained those lessons learned underneath headguards from a decade ago will not have left either man.

"They've got history, they know each other," he explained, before pointing towards Joshua's rollercoaster win over a veteran Klitschko at Wembley three years ago.

"It won't go the way people think it will go. It's just like when Wladimir fought Anthony Joshua.

"They had history, we all had history because we all used to go to Austria and spar together. That was the central hub for all great fighters who wanted to get in with great fighters.

"AJ and Klitschko had history, Fury and AJ got history. If they never had history then I know who I would bet my money on, but they have history and they know what to look for, what to expect and what not to expect. The strengths, the weaknesses, the speed, the power – they know that already.

"That's the thing about us fighters. We need each other for great sparring but then we've got to mess around and fight each other. It's a gift and a curse.

"If someone knows you and you know that person it's a game of chess. I know your moves, I know how you are, how fast you move your pieces on the board, I know how distracting this could be and you know the same about me. So how can you say who's better?

"It's the type of fight, just like Klitschko and AJ at Wembley. I was there and I couldn't bet a dollar because I knew they knew each other."

Nevertheless, there seems little doubt where Johnson's loyalties would lie if the blockbuster bout comes to pass.

After facing Fury, he became well acquainted with 'The Gypsy King' and his fighting family – most notably his cousin and fellow heavyweight Hughie Fury and uncle and former trainer Peter Fury.

"The Furys are my favourite team in the whole world. Not only did they open their gym up to me, they opened their home up to me," Johnson recalled. "Those are the most humbling stories.

"When I had the fight coming up with Anthony Joshua, Peter called me and said come on over and they'd help me out.

"We were running every morning, one hour uphill on a road in Bolton. We did everything together.

"I had Tyson Fury, I had Hughie Fury. I was sparring with everyone.

"If anybody ever says anything about Furys, they've got a problem with me."

Johnson will fight fellow former world-title challenger Mariusz Wach at a behind-closed-doors event in Poland next Friday, as boxing emerges from the COVID-19 shutdown.

Dillian Whyte has hit out at Tyson Fury, branding the WBC heavyweight champion "The Gypsy Coward", after Bob Arum called for his mandatory title defence to be cancelled.

Arum, the Fury's US promoter, says the mandatory defence his fighter is due to make against Whyte by February 2021 should be "eliminated" or alternatively postponed for one year. 

He asked the WBC to make changes because the coronavirus pandemic has left boxers unable to compete for three months, with upcoming fights needing to take place behind closed doors.

Arum claimed a bout between Whyte and Fury in the US would generate little interest, representing a "meaningless" fight, adding he was "sick and tired" of having to put his marquee clients in matches that "mean nothing".

But WBC interim champion Whyte was having none of it, claiming this is the latest excuse from the Fury camp to avoid giving him a title shot he feels he has earned.

"Arum's talking rubbish," Whyte said to Sky Sports. "If he represented me, he'd be screaming that this is the biggest travesty in the history of boxing.

"Nearly 1,000 days as number one without being given a shot, whereas Tyson Fury barely scraped by the WBC number 31 ranked Otto Wallin in front of only 3,500 people.

"Then [he was] gifted my mandatory position without fighting an eliminator, never mind a final eliminator."

Fury is currently preparing for a third bout against former world champion Deontay Wilder.

Whyte added: "Fury won the belt off that pathetic hype job Deontay Wilder as his legs were too weak to carry it any longer after running away from me for years.

"It now looks like the two of them are in a relay. The WBC had originally agreed that the winner of Wilder-Fury II had to fight me by May 2020.

"Now Wilder's injured and Arum's trying to delay my shot further. It's all wrong and has nothing to do with COVID-19.

"If he was fit to fight, they could fight in July. Who cares if they don't have an audience? Big deal. Both of them have fought most of their careers with hardly any audience.

"The WBC should order Fury to fight me next but I don't think 'The Gypsy Coward' will. The whole thing's a joke and I'm not putting up with it anymore."

Whyte is scheduled to face Russian Alexander Povetkin in 2020, while there have also been talks over a contest against UFC star Francis Ngannou.

The Briton feels he has little left to prove, adding: "I have been ranked number one since 2017 and have fought more top-15 contenders than Wilder and Fury combined. 

"I am the Ring Magazine number two ranked heavyweight in the world, higher than Wilder.

"No one is mentioning me as they are scared of fighting me. One hundred per cent I beat Fury. He knows it and that's why he doesn't want to face me. We have history. He has run in the past and he's running scared now."

Anthony Joshua has ruled out the prospect of facing boxing great Mike Tyson on his return to the ring as he believes no fan would want to see the current heavyweight champion prevail.

Former undisputed world champion Tyson, now 53, is reportedly ready to fight again in exhibition and charity bouts.

And UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz and Joshua's heavyweight rival Tyson Fury both claim to have been offered bouts against 'Iron Mike'.

But Joshua, who reclaimed his IBF, WBA and WBO belts against Andy Ruiz Jr in December, is not interested in facing a legend of the sport.

"With all due respect, I wouldn't [fight Tyson]," he told The Sun.

"Even if I fought Iron Mike and beat him, I think I'd be the only one cheering. People would boo. He is a legend. He is the greatest boxer of the modern era.

"There are only two recognised champions the world knows of, [Muhammad] Ali and Mike Tyson, the most recognised faces in the world when it comes to boxing."

Joshua insists he also has respect for Fury, even as he aims to unify the division.

"I don't want to be in that position where I am talking down Tyson Fury," he said.

"He is a great person and he has done great things in boxing, but until the day we fight, that is where it ends and I don't have anything else to say about him.

"I really want the belt and that is where I stand with Tyson Fury."

Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury claimed he had accepted a fight against Mike Tyson.

Tyson, 53, is reportedly preparing for a stunning return to boxing, with a bout against old rival Evander Holyfield, 57, spoken about.

Fury, who won the WBC heavyweight title by beating Deontay Wilder in February, said he had accepted a fight against Tyson.

"I did get a phone call with a chance to fight Mike Tyson and I was like, 'What?'" the Brit told BT Sport.

"I had a phone call saying, 'Would you like to fight Mike Tyson in an exhibition fight?' I was like, 'Hell yeah!' I don't think anything materialised out of it to be honest.

"I think he's definitely serious about doing some fights or whatever. He's fought Holyfield twice so they're both old now aren't they?

"I think they're a bit long in the teeth, but then again who am I to say anything, what anybody's capable of after everybody's unbelievable stories. I wouldn't try and kill anybody's dreams of doing anything they want if they're both fit to fight and medically fit then let them do what they've got to do, it's their life not mine."

Former heavyweight champion Tyson last fought professionally in 2005, having lost twice to Holyfield in two epic fights in 1996 and 1997.

Frank Warren thinks Anthony Joshua's promoters want to avoid a heavyweight unification fight with Tyson Fury as it would be too risky for their fighter.

Bob Arum, Fury's co-promoter along with Warren, has held preliminary talks with Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn over the prospect of a mouthwatering all-British bout.

WBC champion Fury faces a third fight with Deontay Wilder next, while Joshua is due to step into the ring with Kubrat Pulev after their bout - scheduled for June - was called off amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Warren believes the main issue getting in the way of a deal being agreed for Fury and Joshua to fight is Matchroom promoters do not want it to happen.

He told talkSPORT: "My concern, first and foremost, although they talk about it a lot, Matchroom, I don't think they want the fight. I don't think they want to put AJ in with Tyson, I really don't think so.

"I hear all the noises, but actions speak louder than words and at the moment it seems to me – and I'm not normally wrong on things like this – I've got a gut feeling they don't want it and I think that's for a reason.

"I think Tyson's the best heavyweight on the planet, there's no doubt about that, and it's a big risk for them. It's a feeling from me, I’ve never had any conversations [with Matchroom] because I don't deal with them.

"I know they've had talks with the MTK people [Fury's managers], I know there's also been conversations with Bob Arum, but I've told them all the way through this I don't think they want it.

"If Tyson, which I believe he will do, beats AJ, then they've got a problem."

Warren also revealed that an offer has been received for Fury to fight Wilder in the Far East, but refused to confirm Macau in China was the location.

"I can't say that [the offer is from Macau] at the moment, [but] it is from the Far East," he said.

"The fight will be back end of the year. All of the big fights are gonna be back end of the year."

Tyson Fury recently declared he was "unstoppable", but heavyweight rival Dillian Whyte claims to have floored the WBC champion on "multiple occasions".

Whyte is scheduled to receive a mandatory shot at Fury's world title by February 2021 at the latest.

But he must first wait until the champion has taken on American Deontay Wilder for a third time.

There is also a strong push for Fury to face Anthony Joshua in a unification contest after that, but Whyte is tired of being the odd man out.

Whyte, whose only career defeat came against Joshua in 2015, feels Fury would have fought him already if he did not know he would be in for a testing outing.

"He just needs to stop talking rubbish and let's have a go," Whyte, who is preparing to fight Alexander Povetkin next, said about Fury to Sky Sports. 

"It will be a major fight. Let's have it out.

"He's the one who came out and said he beat me up in the gym and stuff like that. I can tell you now, that didn't happen. I don't like telling sparring stories, but people in the game know.

"They know about me. Me and Tyson Fury sparred and I bashed him about and dropped him on multiple occasions. Simple as that.

"If I was such an easy fight, why is he not in any rush to fight me? 

"He said before beating Wilder, when I beat Wilder, I'm going to give Dillian Whyte his title shot. He just talks rubbish, I'm just sick and tired of it. This is war, let's go."

Undefeated Fury has recently ended talk about retiring in the near future and is now targeting a long title reign.

Whyte's promoter Eddie Hearn believes Fury should take on the challenge and urged the WBC to ensure it happens.

"We've got to push that with the WBC," Hearn said. "I would love to see Fury step up and fight Whyte, but I understand he has contractual obligations with Wilder. 

"Dillian is right in the mix and we will fight his corner. We've been promised by the WBC and we expect them to stand by it. We've done all we can in that respect.

"He stayed patient and has been given a time of February 2021. It is public, so they will look very silly if it doesn't happen.

"If, for some reason, Wilder is not available to fight Fury, then Whyte must get that fight now. 

"Why not? It's an unbelievable fight, two Brits fighting for the WBC title." 

IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua would be waiting in the wings, and Hearn added: "Then [there would be] a cast-iron certainty of two Brits fighting for the undisputed championship in 2021."

Anthony Joshua views Tyson Fury as "just another fighter" as he seeks to solidify his heavyweight legacy.

Joshua regained the IBF, WBA and WBO titles with a lopsided points win over Andy Ruiz Jr last December, instantly avenging his shock knockout loss to the Mexican earlier in the year.

Two months later, Fury spectacularly dethroned Deontay Wilder to claim the WBC title, meaning there is considerable clamour for the two Britons to meet and decide an undisputed king of boxing's blue riband division.

Joshua understands the demand for what would be a blockbuster event, but refuses to place Fury – who recently said he would "batter" the Londoner – on a pedestal.

"There's going to be even bigger [fights] because I'm not going anywhere. I'm here to make history," he told British GQ.

"I'm hungry, I'm fired up. Fury's just another opponent at the end of the day.

"Yes it's going to be big for everyone else but I've got to keep myself together and I'm looking at Fury like he's just another fighter.

"But in terms of the spectacle, the trash talking, two juggernauts coming together – I can't wait.

"I've tasted what being at the top of the mountain feels like and I've tasted what being knocked off that mountain feels like and I've climbed my way back up.

"Whoever steps in front of me now will know I ain't looking to go back down. When I'm fighting Kubrat Pulev and I get the opportunity to fight with Tyson Fury for the WBC championship of the world, they're going to see what it feels like for a man to have had it all, lost it and got it back.

"A man who doesn't want to feel that turbulence again."

He added: "I can't really comment on Tyson Fury, to be honest. I've got my own opinions and views of that person but all I need to know is when I'm going to beat him and when I'm going to fight him."

Joshua was due to face IBF mandatory challenger Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in June before the coronavirus pandemic struck.

His promoter Eddie Hearn insists that bout, ideally in front of a UK stadium crowd later in the year, remains Joshua's immediate priority.

 "Wouldn't it be great to come through all this and stage a world heavyweight title fight in the UK this year? For us, that is the absolute focus and if that's taken out of our hands, we will look at other options around the world," he told Sky Sports.

Joshua beat Ruiz in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East could come to the fore as an alternative venue for his next outing, while Pulev's manager Ivaylo Gotsev claims to have secured financial backing to stage the bout at Pula Arena – a Roman amphitheatre in Croatia.

"Croatia is a potential option at this stage and just a part of wider discussions," Hearn added.

"Given the current uncertainty, I would expect to see him in the ring again end of September at the earliest, but more likely October or November as the restrictions hopefully start to ease."

Tyson Fury can go on to achieve whatever he wants in a heavyweight division that is "booming" right now, according to WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman.

After much-publicised personal problems interrupted his career, Fury has returned to the pinnacle of the sport, becoming a two-time world champion in February when he sensationally stopped the previously unbeaten Deontay Wilder.

The stunning victory in Las Vegas secured the WBC title and Sulaiman is full of praise for the "very unique" British fighter - and not just because of his talents in the ring.

A third fight with Wilder is set to happen at some stage in the future, while Fury has also made clear his desire for a unification showdown with Anthony Joshua, who holds the IBF, WBA and WBO titles again after defeating Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch late last year.

"The heavyweight division is booming. It's never been as interesting in the previous 20 years as it is now," Sulaiman, who was speaking to Stats Perform News courtesy of @trcksuits, said.

"Tyson Fury – what a story. What an unbelievable comeback from thinking of taking his own life to being WBC champion of the world.

"Knocking out Wilder, who had been champion for five years, undefeated with such a knockout record.

"You can see Tyson Fury doing anything that he puts his mind to. He is very powerful, very intelligent, very calm. He is very unique. I see him having all the elements to accomplish any of his dreams."

A third chapter in the Fury-Wilder rivalry seemed certain to happen in 2020, only for the coronavirus pandemic to put all boxing plans on hold.

Sulaiman confirmed to Stats Perform News that there is no "definite schedule" over when that fight will happen, though he hopes boxing can quickly pick up where it left off before the enforced break.

"As of today, there is no definite schedule for any world title fight," Sulaiman said.

"Wilder and Fury were scheduled to do a third fight, but everything that is going on is only informal communications that we cannot fully evaluate.

"So what I think is going to happen, is that the moment the first fight takes place, everything will start rolling, and the activity will start picking up.

"Hopefully the world will cure, hopefully there will be a vaccine. Hopefully we will all learn how to live in the next era and activity will get back to normal.

"We are tired of watching the replays from the World Cup and the great fights from the past. All the fans are waiting for fresh activity."

Tyson Fury has vowed to continue proving his doubters wrong as he targets a long reign of heavyweight boxing dominance.

The WBC world champion is preparing for a third fight against American Deontay Wilder, who he stopped in February to claim the title.

Fury insists he has never changed, nor have the people who are queuing up to tell him he cannot succeed.

"They said I'd never do it, they said I would never have the dedication," Fury said to Sky Sports.

"Then they wrote me off because I wasn't body beautiful like everybody else, then they wrote me off because the heavyweight champion of the world was Wladimir Klitschko. 

"I had to go to Germany, that was a write-off, and then they wrote me off because I went to 28 stone and had mental health problems, but that couldn't keep me down.

"Then they wrote me off because I had to fight the biggest puncher in the history of boxing [Wilder] after only two, petty comeback fights, but that didn't keep me down.

"Then they wrote me off, because I'm all washed up and I can't take a punch anymore, and then they wrote me off because I got a massive cut. Then they wrote me off because I had 10 changes of trainers.

"Then they wrote me off because Wilder was going to be better the second time around.

"Then they wrote me off because they said they didn't believe in what I was going to do and I'm a feather-duster puncher, and I can't crack an egg, and I'm useless.

"But here I am today, stand-alone heavyweight, leading superstar in boxing. I'm still fat, still ugly, still bald, still a big man, and I'm still unstoppable."

Fury believes he has "completed" boxing, but with retirement plans put to one side he now wants a long stint as champion like Klitschko had before their 2015 bout.

He added: "I've achieved more than any active heavyweight alive today. If I never have another boxing fight, I'll be happy. I've completed the game.

"Nothing to prove to anybody but why walk away when I'm still only young? Klitschko did it until he was 40. A lot of the great champions are continuing and continuing. 

"I ain't boxing for money, I ain't boxing for fame, I ain't boxing for a belt. I'm boxing because it keeps me mentally happy and I like to do it.

"Hopefully I box until I have a good sit down with all the team and we all decide it's time to walk away, while I'm on top, and then sail away into the sunset."

All roads lead to Tyson Fury for Kubrat Pulev, who is treating his fight with Anthony Joshua as a "war," according to manager Ivalyo Gotsev.

Pulev has the chance to become the first Bulgarian heavyweight champion when he faces Joshua for the Briton's WBA, IBF and WBO straps.

A new date and venue for the fight is still to be confirmed after the initial bout, scheduled for June 20 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn has talked up the possibility of a two-fight deal with WBC champion Fury following his victory over Deontay Wilder.

But Gotsev has designs on a Pulev-Fury unification bout, though he is firmly focused on Joshua for the time being.

"We've got a little history going here, with Kubrat and British heavyweights. He's knocked off quite a few," Gotsev told Sky Sports.

"He shut up Derek Chisora, because he had a big mouth. That was great, then beating another Fury [Hughie], the little cousin was also a pretty good feat.

"That was the fight that qualified him to be the No 1 contender to Joshua, another British champion, so there is a little connection there.

"Kubrat versus UK, I like that. A little name for himself there, so yeah, let's deal with Joshua first. Let the best man win, and then we'll look at options with Tyson Fury.

"Either way, all roads lead to Fury. I can say that, because I think he's shown to be one of the supreme guys out there, if not the supreme guy.

"He is the man. It would be delightful to face the UK champions, one after another, wouldn't it.

"His mindset [for Joshua] is – we're going to war. Going to war, it's a lot of preparation, we know what's at stake.

"This is his chance to rise to the top and become the first and only heavyweight champion from our country, and that part of the world.

"It's a very exciting time for him and he's doing everything he has to do to get himself ready for this fight.

"It's going to be a formidable fight. They're the same height, same physical strength and let's see who is the better boxer now, and a better fighter of this era.

"Kubrat will present a great challenge for Joshua, that's all I can say."

Heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could be set to meet twice in 2021, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

The two world champions are seemingly closing in on meeting in the ring but, before they can face each other, both have other business to take care of.

Joshua is due to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Kubrat Pulev in a bout that was originally scheduled to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20, only to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As for Fury, the holder of the WBC belt, he is set to once again go up against Deontay Wilder in a third episode of their rivalry.

A recent media report suggested Wilder - who lost the title to Fury in their February rematch - could be willing to step aside to allow a unification showdown between the Brits to happen next, provided he is first in line for a crack at the winner.

While Hearn says Joshua has "no problem" signing a deal to face Fury, he explained why the fight is not expected to happen before the end of this year.

"I had a conversation [on Thursday] saying, 'Wilder is not stepping aside, we will take care of that fight, you take care of the Pulev fight, but let's get a deal done for 2021'," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"We have no problem signing now to fight Fury in 2021.

"It will work out better for both of them to box off those fights then have a clear route, subject to Dillian Whyte being mandatory to Fury, to get [an undisputed title fight] done."

Hearn also confirmed that any agreement is likely to include a rematch clause, setting up the potential for a hugely lucrative double-header between Joshua and Fury next year.

"It would probably be a two-fight deal," Hearn said. "Any deal between Fury and AJ, you run it twice.

"It is not a condition of the deal but it was in their deal with Deontay Wilder, and it is the biggest fight in boxing, so it is likely you will see that twice."

Fury confirmed in an Instagram Live on Thursday that he has no plans to pay Wilder to postpone a third clash, though Joshua is firmly in his sights.

"I'm going to take him out again for the third time, hopefully at the end of the year, and then we’re going to go into 2021 with the biggest fight in boxing history between two undefeated British heavyweights, me and AJ, and we're going to battle it out for all the gold," he said.

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