The feud between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua went up another notch on Sunday, after the self-styled ‘Gypsy King’ said he was ready to ‘spank’ the current champion.
Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko in an epic 11th round knockout victory at Wembley on Saturday night, and afterwards called out Fury as his next opponent.
Fury, who himself beat Klitschko in 2015, tweeted boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, saying he was ready to rise to AJ’s challenge as soon as possible.
He said: ‘Whenever you want that weightlifting punk spanked let me know. I’m not 41’ – referring to Klitschko’s age.
Fury has not fought since he beat Klitschko after suffering a number of physical and mental health issues, which saw him forced to give up his belts and his boxing licence, but says he is ready to return to the ring.
It looks like he could face Joshua, who after his bout taunted Fury in front of 90,000 people at Wembley.
He said: ‘Fury, Tyson Fury, where you at baby? Come on is that what you want to see? I enjoy fighting, I love fighting.
‘Tyson Fury, I know he’s been talking a lot and he wants to come back and compete – I want to give 90,000 people the chance to watch another night of boxing. I just want to fight everyone I’m really enjoying this right now’.
In response, Fury tweeted: ‘Anthony Joshua challenge accepted. We will give the world the biggest fight in 500 years. I will play with you, you are a boxer’s dream.’
Fury had earlier tweeted to Joshua congratulating him on the victory and appearing to indicate he was keen on fighting his compatriot.