‘I Want the Challenge’ – Anthony Joshua Sends a Message to Tyson Fury After Destroying Kubrat Pulev

Published 12/12/2020, 7:19 PM EST
Boxing – Heavyweight World Title Fight – Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev – The SSE Arena, London, Britain – December 12, 2020 Anthony Joshua celebrates winning his fight against Kubrat Pulev Pool via REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


Anthony Joshua has successfully defended his belts against a tough challenger in Kubrat Pulev. In the end, ‘AJ’ made light work of the fight by dominating the Bulgarian for 9 rounds; eventually getting the TKO. This now sets things up perfectly in the heavyweight division and is a big statement from Joshua. However, the bigger message was sent to arch-nemesis Tyson Fury, as many expected he would.

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Boxing – Heavyweight World Title Fight – Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev – The SSE Arena, London, Britain – December 12, 2020, Anthony Joshua in action against Kubrat Pulev Pool via REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

At the post-fight interview, Joshua spoke about his journey and said, “Last year right… 2019. Look, bro, I started this game in 2013, I’ve been chasing all the belts, I’ve been dealing with mandatories, of course, I want the challenge.”

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He added, “It’s not about the opponent. It’s about the legacy and the belt. Whoever’s got the belt, I’d love to compete with ‘em. If that is Tyson Fury, let it be Tyson Fury. It’s no big deal.”

Thus suggesting that it’s not so much about the fight with Fury, but the prestigious undisputed champion of the world tag that pushes him to make that fight.

READ: Tyson Fury, Ryan Garcia, Michael Bisping, and More React to Anthony Joshua’s Brutal Knockout Win Over Kubrat Pulev

Can the Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight happen?

Despite Joshua’s call-out, fans will be skeptical about the fight getting agreed upon between the two parties. The ‘Gypsy King’ has not been in the ring since his victory over Deontay Wilder. Furthermore, Joshua has just had a fight, which means he will need a few months to recover and be ready again. Therefore, even though both camps will want the fight to be the next one, it will a difficult fight to make.

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Boxing – Heavyweight World Title Fight – Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev – The SSE Arena, London, Britain – December 12, 2020, Anthony Joshua celebrates winning his fight against Kubrat Pulev Pool via REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

However, with this performance, ‘AJ’ not only sent a big statement to the division but also showed his character and ability. The Englishman would relish a battle against the ‘Gypsy King’ and would look to prove his mettle.

The fans would love to see that match-up. So it now remains to be seen how and when we can get to witness it. When do you think the Fury-Joshua fight will happen?

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READ: Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev Salary: AJ Loses £56 Million

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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