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Anthony Joshua Responds To Tyson Fury Accepting His Sparring Offer

Anthony Joshua Responds To Tyson Fury Accepting His Sparring Offer

Anthony Joshua has confessed that he regrets offering to spar Tyson Fury ahead of his rematch with Deontay Wilder.

Joshua stunningly offered to help Fury prepare for his blockbuster rematch with Wilder and was even willing to travel to America to help his heavyweight rival.

Fury wasted no time in responding and accepted his offer, but 'AJ' admits he regrets going public with his sparring offer.

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When he was asked about his offer to spar Fury, he told iFLTV: "You know when I look back at some of the sh*t I say I think, 'why did I say that?!'"

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Joshua continued by saying: "So now we're going to talk about it and give more publicised things to talk about!

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"You know what it is, Fury is a world-class fighter and I'm a world-class fighter that is still trying to improve so I can become like an elite-level fighter when I'm fighting. Sparring Fury is only going to do me good, in my opinion. So, I'm never too big for my boots where I can't learn anymore.

"So that opportunity, for me to spar Fury, is for my own benefit as well. And the reason why I thought about it and the reason why it came to fruition for me is because I feel like, if Fury was to win that fight [against Wilder] I think he would be more inclined to fight me next and quicker than Wilder would," he added.

"So how long I've been waiting to fight for the championship belt, I think if Fury had it me and him would have got a deal done already now.

"So that's why I was rooting for Fury to win because I just want to fight and collect my last belt."

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Joshua also backs Fury to dethrone Wilder: "If I was a betting man, yeah, I would think that Fury wins. I believe so."

Wilder vs. Fury II has not yet been confirmed, but the rematch is tentatively scheduled to take place on February 22 in Las Vegas.

Topics: Tyson Fury, Andy Ruiz Jr, Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Fight News, Deontay Wilder

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Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.