Anthony Joshua brands Tyson Fury 'awkward' and insists rival has never been good enough to intimidate him

ANTHONY JOSHUA has labelled Tyson Fury "awkward" and insists he has never been intimidated by his big British rival.

Boxing fans are eager for Fury and AJ to step in the ring together after they agreed to have two fight next year.

But both men have other commitments first, with Fury in line for a third fight against Deontay Wilder on December 19 and Joshua taking on mandatory IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev.

But that hasn't stopped WBC king Fury from calling out AJ, telling him to “grow a pair” and set up an all-British world heavyweight unification fight in December if his Wilder rematch is KO’d.

Sepaking to Essentially Sports, WBA, WBO and IBF champ Joshua doesn't seem too worried about the prospect of going to war with Fury.

He said: "Let’s talk about him as a boxer. I don’t find him intimidating.

"And I haven’t seen him do anything in the ring where I think, ‘This guy is going to be a massive threat.’

"He’s talented, and he’s awkward, and that’s often enough to get you quite far in life.”

Appearing on BT Sport as a special studio guest at the weekend for Daniel Dubois' easy win against Ricardo Snijders, Fury is desperate for the fight.

He said: "If Wilder doesn't happen, let's do Joshua in December. Let's get it on. I'm ready to go now, I'd have fought him in that ring tonight.

“I’d still kick his a***, any time of the day. Hopefully they grow a pair and want to fight the Gypsy King.

“If I was in their position, I'd have had my chance at glory to go to America and fight Wilder.

“But they didn't take it and I had to come out of retirement, set about him a couple of times – take the No1 spot, take all the glory.

“He must be sitting down thinking 'that could have been me'. But it wasn't. It's their own fault.

"Grow a pair, come see the champ, and I'll sort you all out. I'm just waiting here patiently.

“No fights on the horizon, training like a lunatic, running up mountains, I've become a human racehorse.

“I’m looking forward to all challenges, whatever they are bring them to the Gypsy King and I'll deal with them, in exciting fashion."

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