Joshua: I’d beat Fury right now

Anthony Joshua is confident he would beat new heavyweight champion Tyson Fury if they met in the ring right now.

It hasn't taken long for Fury's fellow heavyweight to call him out in the wake of his unanimous decision victory over Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday.

Deontay Wilder and David Haye were just some of the big men to issue challenges, while up-and-coming heavyweight Joshua officially added his name to the mix

"Every time I'm pulling up at a petrol station or checking social media, everyone's asking me when I'm going to fight Tyson Fury," said Joshua, who is preparing to face London rival Dillian Whyte on December 12.

"Before he became champion. People want it to happen and it will happen at some stage.

"December 12 is my focus. I've got to get that win. I believe I can beat anyone so, yeah, I can beat Tyson Fury. The good thing is I've got people who want me to progress. My coach believes in me.

"If the opportunity presented itself, we'd take the fight. It's only a fight at the end of the day – heavyweight champion or not. It's a square ring, one opponent and my job is to beat him, so of course I'm going in there with the same mentality."

Despite his confidence, Joshua did take the time to congratulate Fury on his achievement in Germany.

"I watched it of course and that's something we haven't achieved in 10 years. He's heavyweight champion of the world, something that I'm destined to do myself. Credit to him," he said.

"My gut instinct told me Klitschko because it's been routine for the last 10 years. I wasn't going to go against the house. Round six I thought Klitschko would do it but it came to the late rounds and I credited Fury for pulling it off.

"It's changed the division. The division is lit up. I just have to follow suit and wait for my chance so I can come through and dominate at some stage.

"At the same time, he's entertaining. He's got that Jerry Maguire story with Mick Hennessy and he's brought boxing back to Great Britain. You've got young guns like myself and Dillian Whyte who are going to cause mayhem."

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