'I’ll give either a fair one when you're ready!' Champion Joshua calls out rivals Wilder & Fury
Former champion Fury and World Boxing Council champion Wilder fought to a thrilling split draw at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, that included violent knockdowns from Wilder, a masterclass in boxing and bravery from Fury, and contentious scorecards.
The instant classic left fans wanting an immediate return but WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO champion Joshua has thrown his hat in the proverbial ring in responding to Wilder manager Shelley Finkel saying his camp is "interested" in a match-up with the Briton.
"What took this fool so long? Like we ain’t been interested?!! Anyway well done Fury! they wanted to get you because they assumed you was finished!! I’ll give you a fair one when your ready! Either one of you!" Joshua tweeted on Tuesday.
A rumored $50 million was offered by Wilder's people for a fight between the pair, which was then turned down by Joshua's camp earlier this year, and Fury called Joshua a chicken in his post-fight interview.
Despite most observers believing Fury had won the fight, Wilder said he thought he had done enough to win the "David vs Goliath" matchup.
"I take nothing away form his fight but we won this fight. To beat the champion you must dominate the champ and to me I was the more aggressive fighter and landed the more effective punches," The Bronze Bomber wrote on Instagram.
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Thanks to the city of #LosAngeles @staplescenterla @showtimeboxing and all the fans around the world that supported this David vs Goliath fight. It was an amazing fight and I wanted nothing but greatness to come from this. The fight lived up to the hype more than ever. When you put the best against the best, exciting things happens. I take nothing away from this fight but we won this fight. To beat the champion you must dominate the champ and to me I was the more aggressive fighter and landed the more affective punches. You saw the best #fury but you did not get the best #Wilder and I still managed to get the job done. This event brought more pressure than I expected, I just wanted the best for Boxing Here in America and Boxing in General In which lead me to get overly anxious to knock his head off so I abandoned the game plan. Did the count start 3-4 sec too late or Was the count too long is the question many Are asking and debating about. The ref #JackReiss is an amazing ref in which I’ve had the pleasure to work with on several occasions and he did a great job and at the end of the day #Boxing wins the #Fans are the real winner and I can’t wait for #WilderFury2 To end the controversial talk around the world once and for all!! Love, Love, love to all my fans! Blessings and see you guys again soon -Champ #BombZquad #AndStill @staplescenterla @showtimeboxing @premierboxing
"You saw the best Fury but you did not get the best Wilder and I still managed to get the job done," he went on.
Wilder, Fury and Joshua are undefeated following the draw in LA, with a combined 91 professional wins between them, with the three ranked unanimously as the top men in boxing's glamour division.
Joshua's next scheduled outing is April 13 at Wembley Stadium, with undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk being mooted as a potential foe should he step up a division.
Frank Warren called Wilder versus Fury a "natural rematch", although many fans are doubtful things will be so easy, and expect Joshua to fight neither, despite both being expected to chase a match, which has so far not proved fruitful.