Anthony Joshua posted a cryptic Instagram story slide on Monday night, which many believe was intended as a message for Tyson Fury.
The heavyweight champions met in person last month as they shared a conversation while holidaying in Marbella.
Joshua and Fury came face-to-face
It is already known that the two Brits have agreed financial terms to fight twice in 2021.
And although both have opponents to overcome in the meantime, they seem to be keeping each other in mind.
Joshua uploaded a picture of the Romani Gypsy flag with no caption to his Instagram story on Monday evening.
Many responded by suggesting this was likely intended as a reference to Fury’s ‘Gypsy King’ heritage.
Joshua posted the Romani flag to his story, but didn’t confirm if it was a message for Fury or not
I now know why most of the British people don't support me, it's coz I'm a gypsy & don't fly the British flag, pic.twitter.com/K1ypfcNZm9
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) April 26, 2016
However, others pointed out that AJ may have misfired.
This is because Tyson is actually of Irish Traveller heritage, a separate group who – despite often also being referred to as Gypsies – are a different ethnic minority from the Romanis.
Both share a lot in common and traditionally live a similar lifestyle, but there is no genetic evidence that they are related in their ancestry.
Regardless, Fury has tweeted the above image of the flag before and his close friend and fellow boxer Billy Joe Saunders is a Romani who often carries the flag at his fights.
Saunders with the flag after his last win
Fury flashed a ‘Nigeria’ mouthguard during his win over Wilder
Joshua’s Instagram story post may well have been a response to Fury’s mind games.
Tyson famously wore a ‘Nigeria’ gumshield during his win over Deontay Wilder back in February.
This appeared to be in reference to AJ’s Nigerian heritage.