Following Anthony Joshua's 9th round KO victory over Kubrat Pulev, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has called for a unification fight in 2021.
Making his first appearance in the ring since regaining his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles against Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia back in December 2019, Anthony Joshua returned to London to face Bulgaria's Kubrat Pulev.
Staged at a slightly smaller venue than Joshua is used to at Wembley's SSE Arena, 1,000 fans were in attendance (including none other than the legendary Floyd Mayweather) in a first for UK boxing since the coronavirus pandemic took hold back in March, to see Joshua defend his titles.
In an impressive performance, a sharp Joshua knocked Pulev down twice in the third round before taking his foot off the gas, having learned his mistakes from the first fight with Ruiz Jr. 'AJ' would pick it back up in the ninth though, knocking Pulev down again after a series of brutal uppercuts, before finishing the job with a vicious straight right that Lennox Lewis would be proud of.
In the post-fight interview, Joshua was asked for his thoughts on his next fight, specifically a bout for the title of undisputed heavyweight champion of the world with British rival and WBC champion, Tyson Fury. But perhaps wary of calling anyone out after delays to the Fury fight already and a unification bout with former champion Deontay Wilder that never materialised, Joshua looked to the crowd and promoter Eddie Hearn to answer the question, before reluctantly stating: "Whoever has got the belt, I want the belt; if that is Tyson Fury, let it be!"
Hearn was somewhat more direct, assuring fans that the fight is coming: "Starting from tomorrow, we make the Tyson Fury fight straight away. We know what we have to do. We know what we want to do. It's about legacy."
Fury responded to Joshua's half-hearted call-out almost immediately via social media, suggesting Joshua was ducking him and claiming he would knock Joshua out inside of three rounds.
Fury's promoter Bob Arum, who turned 89 earlier this week, also weighed in, stating he and the rest of Top Rank Boxing will start working on the 'biggest heavyweight championship fight since Ali-Frazier in 1971":
It looks like the stage is set for the biggest Heavyweight championship fight since Ali-Frazier in 1971, when @Tyson_Fury meets @anthonyfjoshua for the undisputed crown.— Bob Arum (@BobArum) December 12, 2020
We at Top Rank will start on Monday working to put that fight together.
It looks like we're finally going to have an undisputed heavyweight champion in 2021.