Fury prepping for Joshua but the champ has other plans

Tyson Fury
Zac Elkin Zac Elkin

Tyson Fury has responded to his online spat with Anthony Joshua by returning to training in anticipation of a title fight but the current golden boy of the sport has his sights set elsewhere.

There have been plenty of barbs traded between Joshua and Fury in recent times.

However, the reality is that the two fighters are in very different positions. Joshua essentially has the boxing world at his feet while Fury is searching for a break to get his career back on track.

On Monday, Fury made a long awaited return to training as he posted two videos on his Instagram account of himself on the pads.

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He wants a shot at Joshua when his current suspension finishes.

That seems unlikely to happen though as the current IBF, WBA and IBO heavyweight champion is currently negotiating a bout with Deontay Wilder who holds the WBC heavyweight belt.

There was also talk of Joshua meeting Joseph Parker but the New Zealander said the offer from Eddie Hearn’s camp was far too low.

“I’ll give you a simple answer. They pay us 40 per cent and not a cent less, or they will fight Wilder, who will obviously win and then we’ll fight Wilder 50-50,” said Parker’s promoter.

“If they want to go fight Wilder, they can, and then we’ll fight Wilder on a 50-50 basis later in the year, once he has all three belts.”

A more realistic prospect for Fury is a meeting with Shannon Briggs who has just completed his suspension. The 45-year-old has called out Fury.

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“My target is Tyson Fury. He’s a chump, he’s a punk,” Briggs Sky Sports.

“He shot some words at me on Twitter but he’s scared of me.

“It’s a tough road back for him and I’m a fight that he doesn’t want.

“This is the biggest fight for both of us, besides him getting a massive title fight. If he needs a tune-up for a title fight, why not fight a 45,000-year-old man?”

There is plenty going on in the heavyweight division – it is crazy to think that a couple of years ago the narrative was that the division had died.