Tyson Fury has reiterated his call for Anthony Joshua to fight him next year, now that the path to their showdown has been somewhat cleared.
Dillian Whyte’s KO defeat to Alexander Povetkin on Saturday night removed the WBC mandatory that threatened to disrupt a potential undisputed fight next year.
Fury is the WBC heavyweight champion of the world
The issue of WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk still remains in play, and both men must first come through against Deontay Wilder and Kubrat Pulev respectively.
Fury told BT Sport: “I know Eddie Hearn and Matchroom were trying to protect Joshua by not letting him fight me.
“Trying to put a hurdle in the way with Dillian Whyte and, ‘If you don’t fight Dillian Whyte, you and Joshua won’t fight.’
“But the fact of the matter is, I don’t need any of their fighters, they need me.
Whyte was KOd in round five
“I’m the only undefeated world heavyweight champion that’s left out there.
“All the rest have fell by the wayside, been chinned, knocked out, stopped and battered.
“They need me, I’m a standalone ‘Gypsy King’ giant ruling the roost.
“I don’t need any of them, I don’t need any of their money, what they can bring to the table.
“But for the fans you want the biggest fight possible.
Joshua is the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion and has agreed financial terms to face Fury
“The biggest fight out there now is me and Joshua.
“So let’s make it happen. Stop running away, stop making excuses, put your nuts in your handbag and let’s fight.
“It is what it is, it’s a boxing match, you’re gonna win some, you’re gonna lose some.
“They’ve got nothing to lose, they’ve already been knocked out and beat.
“I’m the one who’s got something to lose – that big zero I’m carrying around with me.”