Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury Fight 2018

Heavyweight champion of the world Anthony Joshua has said he would like to challenge himself against British rival and Ring Magazine champion Tyson Fury.

Joshua, 28, defended his IBF and WBA belts against Carlos Takam last month after a controversial stoppage in round 10 of the bout.

Joshua told IFL: “I feel the public were robbed of a knockout and I feel I was robbed of the knockout.

“I’m annoyed I didn’t get to knock Takam out and the public are annoyed they didn’t get to see it.”

Fury, who has not fought since shocking the world to beat Wladimir Klitschko in Germany in 2015, is expected to make a highly anticipated return to the ring early 2018.

A legal battle with UKAD over evidence that Fury tested positive for a banned substance in June 2016 has left the former champion of the world without license to compete.

“One part of me says he’s not relevant, with all due respect I can only speak on a fighter who is active,” said Joshua.

“But on the other hand I need him because I want to compete with him. I want to challenge Tyson Fury.

“He’s not fighting so when he’s back I can go into that some more. I want this big showdown but at the moment it’s all just talk.”

Joshua’s emphatic victory against Wladimir Klitschko captured the imagination of the British public in April and a possible fight with Fury next year could again make the history books. Joshua has spoken of wanting to fight more frequently and looking ahead to the near future, hopes to fight three times a year.

But as Joshua continues to build his brand talks of fighting abroad are now being speculated, although the Watford boxer says he’s happy being located in the UK.

He added: “The dates we’re looking at are UK based. It’s better because I know what the people want to see and that’s what I’m working towards.”

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