Sport Anthony Joshua has eye on Tyson Fury as he prepares to fight Wladimir Klitschko

01:00  20 april  2017
01:00  20 april  2017 Source:   Press Association

Short film of Anthony Joshua's life to be shown before Wladimir Klitschko fight

  Short film of Anthony Joshua's life to be shown before Wladimir Klitschko fight Anthony Joshua has revisited the journey that took him from teenage tearaway to world heavyweight champion in the build up to his April 29 fight with Wladimir Klitschko. The 27-year-old, who makes the latest defence of his IBF title at Wembley Stadium and who also bids to win the WBA belt last held by Tyson Fury, has featured in a short film alongside his mum Yeta Odusanya that captures his rise.It was in football that Joshua first showed his athletic promise, but there were also frequent brushes with the law, most noticeably in 2010 when - by the time he was an amateur boxer - he was arrested with cannabis in his car.

Wladimir Klitschko believes Anthony Joshua is strengthening his chances of success by not engaging in the 'mind games' attempted by Tyson Fury and David Haye. 18 comments. 8 shares Klitschko : Joshua doing it the right way.

Anthony Joshua is preparing for his next heavyweight bout in November. Joshua in line to face Wladimir Klitschko before the end of the year. Ukrainian was due to meet Tyson Fury before fight was cancelled.

Anthony Joshua, pictured, wants Tyson Fury to return to the ring: Anthony Joshua Media Session - English Institute of Sport © PA WIRE Anthony Joshua Media Session - English Institute of Sport

Anthony Joshua insists any future fight with Tyson Fury would be his biggest to date and he would welcome the Mancunian's return to the ring.

Joshua, the current IBF heavyweight champion, is preparing for a showdown with Wladimir Klitschko later this month at Wembley in front of a record 90,000 crowd, but he took time out from his preparations to bite back at Fury's barbs on Twitter this week.

And while defeating the last man to beat Klitschko is not Joshua's immediate priority, the prospect of an all-British bout between him and the controversial Fury could arrive thereafter.

Short film of Anthony Joshua's life to be shown before Wladimir Klitschko fight

  Short film of Anthony Joshua's life to be shown before Wladimir Klitschko fight Anthony Joshua has revisited the journey that took him from teenage tearaway to world heavyweight champion in the build up to his April 29 fight with Wladimir Klitschko. The 27-year-old, who makes the latest defence of his IBF title at Wembley Stadium and who also bids to win the WBA belt last held by Tyson Fury, has featured in a short film alongside his mum Yeta Odusanya that captures his rise.It was in football that Joshua first showed his athletic promise, but there were also frequent brushes with the law, most noticeably in 2010 when - by the time he was an amateur boxer - he was arrested with cannabis in his car.

A blockbuster fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko could be finalised as early as the middle of next week. The hope shared by the two camps is that if Tyson Fury is stripped of the WBA and WBO belts he won from Klitschko , then they will also be at stake.

Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko clashed in an explosive and, at times, surreal press conference today, with Fury stripping down to taunt his rival for "being beaten by a fat man", and Klitschko frequently Anthony Joshua to fight Wladimir Klitschko next spring providing he beats Eric Molina.

Fury became the first man to defeat Klitschko in 11 years in 2015 but has not been seen in the ring since, with his boxing licence suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control in October "pending further investigation into anti-doping and medical issues".

Joshua insists Fury has remained on his radar and would relish the opportunity to go head-to-head should he make a comeback.

Asked who his biggest fight would pit him against, the 27-year-old replied: "I think Tyson Fury.

"I couldn't say what his plans are. I'm not going anywhere. I'm here as a fighter. I've been disciplined, I've stayed on track.

"If it were up to me, that would have been the fight happening this summer. That's what I thought. I was planning for a massive showdown with Tyson Fury, but he had other plans and I just had to carry on. When he returns, I'm sure I'll still be here.

Short film of Anthony Joshua's life to be shown before Wladimir Klitschko fight

  Short film of Anthony Joshua's life to be shown before Wladimir Klitschko fight Anthony Joshua has revisited the journey that took him from teenage tearaway to world heavyweight champion in the build up to his April 29 fight with Wladimir Klitschko. The 27-year-old, who makes the latest defence of his IBF title at Wembley Stadium and who also bids to win the WBA belt last held by Tyson Fury, has featured in a short film alongside his mum Yeta Odusanya that captures his rise.It was in football that Joshua first showed his athletic promise, but there were also frequent brushes with the law, most noticeably in 2010 when - by the time he was an amateur boxer - he was arrested with cannabis in his car.

Anthony Joshua has responded to taunts from Tyson Fury by demanding a date when the former heavyweight champion will be available to fight him . Anthony Joshua , pictured, fights Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on April 29.

Lennox Lewis is warning the British boxing public not to expect Anthony Joshua to fight the winner of the world heavyweight title rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko in the foreseeable future.

"Do I want him to come back? Yes, definitely."

Joshua's ire was drawn on social media on Tuesday when Fury labelled him a "poor man's Frank Bruno", to which his subject responded with an offer of two ringside seats to his fight with Klitschko and reiterated that the only reason the two have not fought was due to his opponent.

"It's quite disrespectful," Joshua said of Fury's tweet.

"If he's an all-time great then why is he worrying about who is behind him? You should focus on your future. I must be so relevant to these people that are in front of me.

"I just find it so disrespectful. He calls himself the greatest of all time, 'the GOAT'. If I was 'the GOAT' I would never worry about who is behind me. I'm leading the way."

"Twitter is about communication and it's just communicating. He addresses me and tweets me quite often and I was just in the frame of mind where I thought me and Klitschko don't have much verbals, so let me respond to Fury."

The build-up to Joshua's meeting with Klitschko has been dominated by respect rather than resentment, with neither fighter renowned for trash talking.

Joshua admitted any preview to a fight with Fury could reveal a darker side to him, and brushed aside concerns that his social-media spat had taken his focus away from what lies in wait at Wembley.

"For the five minutes I was (tweeting) and then I had to go training," he said when asked if Fury was a distraction. "But I would have gone back and forth."

Wladimir Klitschko's career in numbers .
Wladimir Klitschko fights to become a three-time world heavyweight champion when he challenges IBF title holder Anthony Joshua at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. Here, Press Association Sport takes a statistical look at the Ukrainian's decorated career.68 - Professional fights Klitschko has had, which is already over a third more than the fighter widely considered to have preceded him as the world's leading heavyweight, Lennox Lewis.78 - the percentage of opponents Klitschko has stopped inside the distance. He has won 64 of those 68 fights, and 53 via stoppage.

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