‘No One Lives in My Head Rent Free!’ – Anthony Joshua Sends a Stern Message to Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury

Published 12/03/2020, 5:30 AM EST
DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title belts after the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has given a message to his heavyweight contenders ahead of his next fight. The Englishman will fight Kubrat Pulev on December 12, 2020; he will have to make a big statement in that fight. However, ahead of the bout, Joshua provides an insight into his mindset and says no one else is influencing his actions right now.

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DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 04: Anthony Joshua speaks to the media during the Clash On The Dunes Press Conference at the Diriyah Season Hospitality Lounge on December 04, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Speaking to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, Joshua said, “I realize that no one lives in my head rent-free. Tyson Fury doesn’t live in my head, Deontay Wilder doesn’t live in my head. I’m working hard, paying my own rent, so I’m just focused on myself. Whether people call Tyson number one is down to public opinion.”

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The Londoner also spoke about how he can become number one by focusing on himself. He said, “the only way to prove who is number one and to not leave it to public opinion is to get us in the ring. And that’s why the fight with Pulev is important, because it’s a banana skin. So I have to go in there, perform, do a good job. And then that would lead me towards proving who is number one.

The champion then went on to reaffirm his mindset. He confirmed that he was unconcerned about what the other heavyweights were doing and said, “I’m worried about Pulev. I’m not worried about Tyson Fury being number one at the minute. I just got to focus on myself at the minute; and then, as long as I do that, I’ll get the opportunity to prove who’s number one in the division.” 

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How important is the Pulev fight for Anthony Joshua?

The Englishman has to get past his next fight and make a statement to the heavyweight division. This is his first fight after the Andy Ruiz Jr rematch and the champion will have to assert his dominance on the division. If he can win this fight, that sets things up perfectly for a fight against Tyson Fury in 2021.

CARDIFF, WALES – SEPTEMBER 11: Anthony Joshua (l) and Kubrat Pulev pictured during a media opportunity ahead of their World Heavyweight title clash at Principality Stadium on September 11, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The two parties have already stated their desire to make the fight happen and if ‘AJ’ does his bit, that puts him one step further in the right direction. These are exciting times in the sport and specifically in the heavyweight division. Thus, there is a lot riding on this next fight.

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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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