Anthony Joshua ready to fight Tyson Fury without a belt

Former world champion still believes a fight with Fury would sell tickets

Anthony Joshua still wants to fight Tyson Fury even though he doesn’t win any rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua put up a hugely underwhelming defense of his three belts on Saturday night. Usyk, on the other hand, was exceptional as he towered over the bigger man and kept the 31-year-old Briton on the back foot.

There’s a rematch clause between the pair that will almost certainly be activated, but given the rift between the two boxers on Saturday, few can be sure Usyk won’t win again.

The defeated champion appeared to recognize this possibility when he spoke of facing WBC champion Fury or his next rival Deontay Wilder.

“The road to dispute is marketing. When I stopped today, it just reminds me that it’s a big circus. It’s the greatest spectacle on Earth, ”he began.

“I will fight Tyson Fury and Wilder without the belts. Belts are fun, it’s great, it’s a legacy – but with or without the belts, I will fight anyone. The road to the undisputed [champion] is a good title to have and to hunt, but would you still watch it without the belts?

Joshua believes there will always be an audience for a Fury fight, saying: “The bottom line is that you have two competitive fighters in the ring on UK soil who just want to go head to head.”

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