World boxing heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua says he is working towards beating fellow Brit, Tyson Fury 30-0 -1 (21), while not underestimating his mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev 28-1 (14).
Joshua 23-1 (21), who is the WBA, WBO and IBF champion, says he would not turn down a unification fight with Tyson, who holds the WBC belt, whenever his compatriot felt ready for it.
The 30-year-old boxer was scheduled to fight Pulev on June 20 but the COVID-19 pandemic saw it postponed indefinitely on April 3.
Speaking with DAZN, Joshua vowed to beat Pulev, his IBF mandatory challenger, to set up a mouthwatering fight with Fury.
He said, “I’m working towards beating Tyson Fury, whether the bookmakers, believers or doubters want to be with me or not, I have to believe it. I am working towards beating Tyson Fury.
“It’s in a way overlooking Pulev, but I’ve gotta look through Pulev because I ’m gonna walk through Pulev.
“That’s the mindset. I’ve gotta walk through him. When it comes to Pulev, he ain’t on my level. I want the boys at the top.
“I ain’t worried about the boys, you know, around me. I’m walking through them all, and that’s the mindset that we have to have as fighters.”
Joshua lost his belts to underdog, Andy Ruiz Jr. in June 2019 but reclaimed them six months. He said the experience gained from the shocking loss has prepared him for future encounters.
“I’m looking at Tyson Fury like I’m gonna walk through him as well, because I had my issue last year, I got through it and I wanna correct it.
“And I told you like people don’t know what that does for a fighter mentally, when he loses in front of the world, and what it takes to come back.
“And, you know, having this time to reflect has been a blessing in disguise. It’s been a blessing in disguise, so we’ll see what the future holds. When Tyson Fury is ready, I will not turn down that fight,” Joshua said.