Anthony Joshua has revealed he is “looking past” Tyson Fury and believes his rival will consider retiring after their blockbuster £200 million showdown this summer.
The two Brits are on the verge of reaching an agreement to collide later this year for the undisputed heavyweight crown.
Unified champion Joshua insisted that he still has huge ambitions to fulfill after facing Fury, but questioned whether the WBC champion will have the hunger to keep fighting after their Battle of Britain.
Speaking to JD Sports’ Road To Undisputed, Joshua said: “He (Fury) can bring whatever he wants, it doesn’t matter to me.
“The press conference antics, the fight antics, the hands behind the back, I love that stuff, that’s all part of it, you know that’s his job, but my job is to close the show.
“He’s a warm-up act [with his antics], he’s there to do all that stuff but ultimately my job is to close the show and that’s all that matters.
“For him, he said that after he fights me, maybe he fights [Derek] Chisora, then he’s ready to go off into the sunset.
“For me, I’ve still got so much more I want to do in this boxing game, the road to undisputed (champion) is part of the journey, it’s not the end to the journey.
“That’s why I know I will get past this fight because I’m looking past him, I want more, this isn’t where this stops.
“The fight, God willing, will be this year, I’m saying it is going to be this year, I’m going to speak it into existence and I will be victorious.”
AJ, who will come into the fight fresher, having claimed an impressive stoppage victory over Kubrat Pulev back in December, while Fury has not fought in over a year, revealed recently that their battle is being lined up for June.
Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum also confirmed last week that the announcement of the fight is now a case of when and no longer if after both sides resolved the problems holding up negotiations.
“As far as I’m concerned, all the points have been agreed to,” the 89-year-old told IFL TV.
“That’s what each side has said. Now, we’re just scrambling around to get things signed.
“I can say clearly, based on my view of everything, there are no more issues.”