Tyson Fury admits he wants a future fight with Anthony Joshua and has vowed to ‘lay out’ his heavyweight rival.
Fury is fully aware of the public demand for a domestic battle with Joshua and is willing to face the unbeaten contender whenever he is ready.
A rematch with Wladimir Klitschko is the immediate aim for the WBA and WBO champion, who took the Ukrainian’s world titles with a unanimous points win in November.
But Fury has revealed that a Joshua fight is part of his plans and intends to ruin the 26-year-old’s record with a crushing knockout defeat.
“That’s a fight that I want. It’s a fight that Joshua wants. It’s a fight Eddie Hearn wants,” Fury told Sky Sports.
“When Joshua is ready, put him in the ring and I’ll lay him out, no bother.
“It’s just a matter of building him up, getting everybody to love him, building a big record and then I’ll take it from him and break him in.
“That’s how it goes, unfortunately. Feed him to the lion.”
Fury has reiterated his desire not to face the returning David Haye, who called for a clash with Joshua after marking his comeback with a first round win over Mark de Mori last weekend.
But the Mancunian has questioned why Joshua would risk his record against Haye at this stage in his career.
“I think it can happen if Eddie Hearn wants it to,” said Fury. “I think either can win if they land first.
“I think Joshua is a bit of a novice and struggled with Dillian Whyte. If Haye catches him early, it’s goodnight. It’s curtains.
“But why should Joshua give Haye a chance? Haye has had one fight in three years and now wants a fight with a prospect.”