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Joshua calls out ‘fool’ Wilder and Fury

Joshua calls out ‘fool’ Wilder and Fury

Had the Gypsy King been knocked out in the early stages of the contest, any hope of an all-British duel between Fury and Anthony Joshua in 2019 would have been put to bed.

Joshua will next fight at Wembley Stadium on April 13.

Fury now factors into the equation, though. Fury, the lineal heavyweight champion, returned from a two-and-a-half-year layoff to score two wins in a span of 10 weeks before facing Wilder.

Now, having been silent since the fight took place, Joshua took to Twitter to vent his frustration after Wilder's co-manager, Shelly Finkel, claimed Wilder was now interested in the fight. "But we disagree when people say Joshua isn't the main man in the division anymore and we look forward to him demonstrating it again".

Joshua appears to be up for it.

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While the fight played out exactly in favor of each fighter's strengths as Fury controlled by boxing with constant feints and awkward angles while Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) picked his spots to land heavy counter shots which threatened to end the fight. Fury rose dramatically and continued to fight until the final bell to cap an effort that will go down as one of the greatest comeback stories in all of sports.

Responding to Finkel's comments as reported by Sky Sports, Joshua wrote: "What took this fool so long? Like we ain't been interested?!", the 29-year-old said. Anyway well done Fury! They (Wilder) wanted to get to you because they assumed you was finished! It was one of the most exciting fights - certainly the most exciting I've seen at heavyweight in America since Lennox Lewis-Vitali Klitschko. "Either one of you!"

Wilder scored two knockdowns, but he was unable to put Fury away in a bout where the feared puncher had a lot of trouble with Brit's movement and defense.

They are likely to fight again next spring, when Fury would become the favourite, posing a greater threat to Anthony Joshua's status as the world's leading heavyweight.

Boxing has three brilliant heavyweights and now it's time to see who really is the best.