By Chukwuka Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Anthony Joshua says he is ‘way ahead of where he should be’ and emphasised that fellow heavyweight title holder Tyson Fury is ‘six years ahead of him in terms of turning professional.’
The British pair, who hold all the world heavyweight title belts between them, have a financial agreement in place for two fights next year, though both are likely to have bouts before they face-off.
While AJ is set to fight mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, Fury could face Deontay Wilder for the third time – yet Joshua did not shy away from comparing himself to Fury ahead of a potential unification clash in 2021.
Joshua, 30, first fought professionally in October 2013, having won gold at the 2012 Olympics in London, while Fury, 32, fought professionally for the first time in December 2008.
Following a shock first loss of his career to Andy Ruiz Jr in June 2019, Joshua avenged that defeat by winning the rematch in Saudi Arabia in December.
Fury, meanwhile, is still unbeaten in his professional career and produced a stunning performance to knockout Wilder in February.
An all-British bout for the right to be called unified heavyweight champion of the world would be a blockbuster event and Joshua insists he does not see Fury as a ‘massive threat’.