AFTER recently engaging in a war of words on Twitter with fellow British heavyweight star Tyson Fury, IBF titlist Anthony Joshua has opened up about his simmering rivalry with the now out-of-action former world champ.
With the big upcoming heavyweight clash between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko set to take place at the end of the month, Sky Sports has unveiled their latest installment of The Gloves Are Off.
A notorious motor-mouth who revels in getting inside his opponents' heads, Fury found no such joy in trolling Joshua; the 27-year-old Londoner easily deflecting his attempted barbs before a simple, devastating put-down.
"Same offer as last time. X2 ringside tickets don't bring a plus 1 it's for your fat [backside]", said Joshua on his Twitter.
Fury hit back by posting a picture of himself with his world title belts and said: "when you do this come back and talk BS, soppy b*******". "This happened before in the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao and the Lewis vs. Tyson fights and shows you the magnitude of our event at Wembley Stadium on April 29". Be about what you say.
"Steelhammer" will give you an insight into what Joshua is up against in the shape of Klitschko, focussing on some vital aspects and crucial influences. I'm not going anywhere.
Fury and Klitschko twice agreed a re-match but the bout was postponed initially because of Fury s ankle injury and again due to the British fighter s mental health problems.
"I'm delighted to announce this historic deal that will see Britain's biggest ever fight shown on both HBO and SHOWTIME in the US", said Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.
Joshua, who was recently embroiled in a bitter social media feud with Fury, declared that he is waiting for the unbeaten heavyweight to return from suspension.
The build-up to Joshua's meeting with Klitschko has been dominated by respect rather than resentment, with neither fighter renowned for trash talking.
"That makes me feel good and I'm just asking why I didn't have those things and knowledge 20 years ago?"
"I am excited to share my journey with my fans and I hope that it inspires the hunger in others".