Anthony Joshua has taken a swipe at heavyweight rival, Tyson Fury, by saying he should be considering to retire soon.
Both boxers are hoping to clash in a highly-anticipated mega-fight next year that would see the winner crowed as undisputed champion, with the fighters holding all five world title belts between them.
“Fury has been professional much longer than me. He should be looking to retire soon,” Joshua told Sky Sports.
“If he wants to cement his legacy, I’m here and ready. I’ve built myself into this position.”
The IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champion has enjoyed a fairytale rise to the top of boxing having savoured wins over Dillian Whyte, Wladimir Klitschko Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin and a rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr.
And while Joshua is eager to prove his worth by fighting WBC champion Fury and Deontay Wilder, he insists his record proves that he has faced stronger opponents.
“I’ll challenge Fury, I’ll challenge Wilder,” he said. “These guys aren’t the biggest names that I’ve fought on my record anyway. They are just another heavyweight”.
“Look at my record. They are not the best fighters that I have challenged. When they are ready, I’m here to fight.”
Joshua had a whirlwind year in 2019 as he suffered a shock stoppage loss to Ruiz last summer before winning his titles back in the rematch in Saudi Arabia.
He won gold at the 2012 Olympics in London before quickly turning professional the following year, thereby becoming a world champion three years later. Joshua said he was on ‘a different journey to Fury’ but had no fear of facing him.