Joshua-Fury fight 'miles away', says Hearn

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He has offered Klitschko a rematch and also has his eyes on an-all British clash with Tyson Fury, who has not fought since spectacularly dethroning Klitschko in November 2015. You heard it yourself, how Joshua didn't mention my name knowing I'm next for him but he called out [Tyson] Fury after fight.

In that fight, Fury overcame the Ukrainian convincingly and weighed in at 17st 8lbs, but after a turbulent 18 months, which involved Fury being banned after testing positive for cocaine amid a battle with depression, he gradually put on weight. He showed he can get dropped and come back, which is what champions are made of. "I am a Nigerian man by blood, yes", he quoted Joshua as saying in a recent interview, during which the boxer also said the secret of his success was eating pounded yam, eba and egusi.

"If I have to go through everyone in the division, then great".

"Look, my team let that fight happen because the WBA and Eddie Hearn asked us for a favour and because Klitschko didn't want to fight me but I'm done being pushed back".

She noted with satisfaction that in spite of the challenges being faced by Anthony in his career, he had remained focused and did not allow that to lure him into any form of criminality.

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Joshua - who grew up on the Meriden estate - joined the club to avoid some "trouble on the streets", though Mr Murphy said he rarely had any trouble with him, only occasionally having to stop him chatting to other boxers.

"I don't even need a warm-up if he wants this", he said.

"For that they need a role model and Joshua is the finest role model I have seen in sport, period".

The 28-year-old hasn't boxed since beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 and is now without a boxing licence, but he has been training in Spain in an attempt to get back into the ring.

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