Anthony Joshua Insists He “Has To Be The A-Side” In Tyson Fury Fight; But Adds “I’d Never Let That Hold Up A Fight”

Anthony Joshua spoke with members of the media after today’s big presser to hype up Saturday night’s hugely interesting fight with Oleksandr Usyk.

And though the fast-approaching fight got covered in detail, there were, of course, plenty of questions about the mega-fight we all want to see: Joshua against Tyson Fury.

Joshua said he wishes Fury and Deontay Wilder (who will of course collide in their third fight on October 9) good luck, adding how he will fight whoever wins providing he wins the Usyk fight.

AJ, who holds three belts to Fury’s one, was asked who should be the A-side when (or if) he and Fury get it on.

“We had a 50/50 deal. That’s showing you I want the fight,” Joshua said. “When it comes to title defences, my last ten opponents and his last ten, all that stuff – come on, man, I have to be the A-side.

But I’d never let that hold up a fight. We both have important fights in our career, both 50/50 fights as well, which is really good for boxing at the end of the day.

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I’ve got a rematch clause if the worse happens. I’m not too sure of Fury’s situation, so I lose, I’m fighting Usyk again. The undisputed [title fight] gets put on hold. If I win, I’ll fight either one of them. If Fury wins, I’ll fight Fury. But if Wilder wins, I’ll fight Wilder.”

In an ideal world, if Joshua does beat Usyk on Saturday, he would then go straight into a super-fight with the winner of Fury-Wilder III.

No messing about, no silly games played at the negotiating table, just the fight made.

In truth, we fans would be happy and excited to see Joshua fight either Fury or Wilder next year, for all the marbles. But right now, the big question is, does Joshua beat Usyk, and does Fury beat Wilder again?

It’s going to be a very interesting two weeks of heavyweight moving and shaking. Just who will be crowned the undisputed heavyweight king next year? Will an undisputed fight actually happen?

It has to, right? Providing Usyk doesn’t pull off the upset on Saturday. If that happened, we’d see a good number of months get devoted to the Usyk-Joshua rematch. What would the Fury-Wilder III winner do in the meantime is another good question?

11 thoughts on “Anthony Joshua Insists He “Has To Be The A-Side” In Tyson Fury Fight; But Adds “I’d Never Let That Hold Up A Fight””

  1. Good old fashioned hard training and conditioning won the whole enchilada for Usyk today. No floppy gloves flopping around all over the place, no loaded gloves, padding repositioning advantage, steroid or spiked water, holding, neck wrenching, tripping, rabbit punching and eggweight loaded gloves.
    Usyk was the underdog who hit the jackpot and will go down in boxing history forever.

  2. Deontay Wilder was laughed at when he was poisoned and assaulted with loaded gloves. Didn’t Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte laugh at Deontay Wilder?
    Looking back, no wonder they are avoiding facing Deontay Wilder, fear. It’s doubt and fear that stresses these guys.

  3. Anthony Joshua said he would fight Deontay Wilder when he wins.
    After Deontay Wilder vs fury, Anthony Joshua will go back to 🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆 ducking Deontay Wilder.

  4. Anthony Joshua will be enthusiastically fighting people like Usyk without hesitation, Deontay Wilder or Luis Ortiz, hell no, never!

  5. Anthony Joshua is a worthy adversary but inferior to Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz. Anthony Joshua is and has been protected.
    Luis Ortiz is too old? Excuses after another excuse. Luis Ortiz is capable of taking Anthony Joshua’s belts, that’s why Anthony Joshua won’t fight him. Andy Ruiz was scheduled to fight Luis Ortiz but pulled out for a tune up fight first.

  6. Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder is the fight everyone wants to see.
    And what is Anthony Joshua’s excuse for never meeting with Luis Ortiz? Do da name Yordenis Ugas ring a bell?

  7. Everyone knows Tyson cheated, he never beat Deontay Wilder. The UK simply doesn’t have the caliber of fighters the US has.
    Anthony Joshua has been making all kinds of excuses not to fight Deontay Wilder or Luis Ortiz. And he damn sure isn’t going to fight Deontay Wilder with the same energy he had with the fury matchup.

  8. Shamelessly Anthony Joshua admits to willing to fight fury at 50/50 when he wouldn’t meet Deontay Wilder at anywhere near the same anything, he won’t meet Deontay Wilder period,.he is protected and already has a mandatory lined up for the avoidance of Deontay Wilder.

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