Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury: Gypsy King ramps up feud with rival after Wembley snub

Anthony Joshua wobbled in the early stages against Povetkin and had his nose badly damaged, but rallied back before ending the fight in the seventh round.

Eyes quickly turned to his next scheduled fight on April 13 with fans calling on him to face either Fury or Deontay Wilder.

The WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight champion was presented with the question on who he would prefer to face in seven month’s time, naming Wilder as his No 1 target.

Wilder and Tyson Fury are scheduled to face off against each other on December 1, with the winner backed to face Joshua next.

But Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn snubbed the possibility of a bout with Fury in April altogether by stating: “If it is not Deontay, Dillian Whyte will be next.”

Joshua also opted against naming Fury at all when he was weighing up his options.

The self-proclaimed Gypsy King swiftly took to social media after the fight, launching into a furious rant at Joshua.

“Think it’s now safe to say AJ and his team are a pack of s***houses and will rob the British boxing fans of Britain’s biggest fight,” Fury wrote alongside the video. “They will never fight me ever! Way too slow and ponderous.

“Can’t box eggs! Contact me when you grow a pair. I’m 27/0/19 KO and the lineal heavyweight champion of the world! Can’t say I blame team Joshua.”

He went on to call Joshua a “bum” and “slow” in the video, sparking a war of words between the two that has continued into today.

Fury also took to Twitter to post a series of tweets where he called it a “crying shame” that boxing fans may never get to see him take on Joshua.

But in a bizarre twist earlier today, Joshua revealed he had in fact been blocked by Fury.

He posted a screenshot from his Twitter account and wrote: “Why so serious?”, alongside a clown and kissing smiley emoji.

Joshua also brushed off Fury’s comments labelling him a “s***house”, choosing against engaging in a war of words.

“[Laughs] why am I a s***house though?’ Joshua told iFL TV.

“Good luck to Fury, good luck to Wilder, it’s a good fight for both of them.

“It’s a good name on his record. I don’t know why he’s calling me a s***house.”

However, Joshua may not be able to face either Fury or Wilder on April 13, according to his trainer Ben Davison.

Journalist Glen Eckett tweeted: “If Fury beats Wilder then they’ll have a rematch clause which makes April out of the question.”

Davison then replied with: “And vice versa”. That suggests whatever happens on December 1, Wilder and Fury could be set for a second match, ruling out the possibility of facing Joshua in April.