Boxing: Joshua - I would fight Fury and Haye on same night

Anthony Joshua of England and Charles Martin of the United States in action during the IBF World Heavyweight title fight. Photo / Getty Images.
Anthony Joshua of England and Charles Martin of the United States in action during the IBF World Heavyweight title fight. Photo / Getty Images.

Anthony Joshua has warned British heavyweight rivals Tyson Fury and David Haye he would "fight them both on the same night" after he claimed the IBF belt in spectacular fashion.

In only his 16th professional fight, Joshua stopped Charles Martin in the second round on Saturday night to take the title away from the American. Joshua is tipped to fight Kiwi Joseph Parker next year.

Following his stunning performance at London's O2 Arena, the interest in a blockbuster fight with either Haye or Fury, who holds the WBA and WBO versions of the title, has further increased.

And Joshua, who could make the first defence of his newly-won world title on the same night as Fury's rematch against Wladimir Klitschko on July 9, is willing to take on both heavyweight rivals.

When asked what his dream scenario would be, he told Sky Sports News: 'Tyson Fury and David Haye in the same ring at once.

"There is no easy defence now. I'm not pampering my record, I'm building and I want to fight the good names.

"That's how you get the limelight and the attention, you're only as good as who you beat. I'll fight anyone who's decent and can be a threat.

"Potentially (fight Haye), I don't see why not? But as a fighter I'll fight anyone. I'll fight them both (Haye and Fury) on the same night."

Joshua could defend his title at Wembley with his promoter Eddie Hearn eyeing a stadium fight for his prized asset.

But the Olympic champion insists he wants to slowly progress to the big arenas and could well fight at Vicarage Road, the home of his beloved Watford, before he makes the step up.

"When it comes to my management team who control my career and the longevity of it, they'll steer it in the right direction.

"We can fight anywhere, I'll leave that to stuff down to the promoters. If it's Wembley then more people will be able to see it.

"All of these O2 shows we do are leading to these stadium fights and I'll be ready. Maybe we could do Vicarage Road first and then Wembley - and slowly progress into it."

- Daily Mail

- Daily Mail

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