Anthony Joshua 'could emulate Muhammad Ali' and become sporting icon

Anthony Joshua after winning at Wembley Stadium

Fury offered his congratulations to the WBA and IBF champion from his training base in Marbella, Spain, but is adamant he would regain two of his old world titles by inflicting a first professional defeat on "AJ".

Joshua added the WBA and IBO heavyweight title to his IBF crown with a stunning stoppage of Klitschko last Saturday, a fight watched by 90,000 people at Wembley Stadium.

He's an important asset for Under Armour because he's demonstrating crossover appeal - the ability to attract new fans to the sport. That is what makes boxing big, it is the heavyweights.

However, the unbeaten Joshua recovered and hit Klitschko with a penultimate-round barrage that sent the 41-year-old to the deck twice more before the referee called a halt to an enthralling contest. But it was still considered an important test.

"I'm out here for the foreseeable future, running, doing circuits, padwork, sparring", said Fury, who told www.britishboxers.co.uk that a match-up with Joshua had been pencilled in for April 2018.

"I think certain athletes in any sport get a pass to go out the way they feel".

Joshua has spent this week relaxing, but, after learning the lessons of taking a holiday straight after his previous fight in December, he is ready to get back in the gym. It is the heavyweights, it is me and AJ, no one else. I thought, "this is it, he's not coming back".

Joshua-Fury may not happen for some time, however.




Tyson Fury insists he will take on Anthony Joshua without a warm-up fight and would beat him with "one arm tied behind my back".

The excitement Joshua has brought to the heavyweight division has led to comparisons with Tyson in his pomp and the Brooklyn-born fighter believes the Brit is only just getting started.

"We all saw [his career] had a life and death situation against Klitschko, but Klitschko couldn't land a glove on me".

'As long as I'm happy, that's what matters.

"I was just exhausted, I fell to my feet, I got up", he said. "With me and Joshua, one looks the part, one is the part".

By the end of the round, Kltschko had Joshua in trouble after landing a powerful left hook that rocked him, and in the following round he dropped Joshua with a crushing right hand.

"If I have to go through everyone in the division, then great". That's my personality, love me or hate me you still have to watch me, it works.

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