Anthony Joshua has launched a social media poll to canvass who his fans think he should fight next – but has promptly been blocked by Tyson Fury.
Joshua retained his WBO, WBA, IBO and IBF heavyweight crowns with a seventh-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin at Wembley on Saturday night.
Now his thoughts are turning to his next defence, on April 13.
Former champion Fury believes that he should be next in line to fight Joshua on April 13, if he beats WBA heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder when they face off on December 1.
Like Joshua, both the Gypsy King and Bronze Bomber are unbeaten.
But Fury believes Joshua and Eddie Hearn, his promoter, are ducking a potential Battle of Britain.
Fury, who will fight Wilder on December 1, expressed pessimism on Sunday that a bout between him and Joshua would ever be made.
"I have to say the saddest thing ever the British fight fans will never get to see Fury vs Joshua," he posted on his official Twitter account.
"That’s a crying shame! It’s the biggest British fight in history of boxing in Briton (sic) but sky & matchroom have robbed the paying public again. Ask your self why don’t they want this?"
Joshua vs Povetkin
Fury’s rage comes after Hearn labelled him "the most unentertaining fighter I’ve ever seen". Hearn also spoke up a potential rematch between Joshua and Dillian Whyte.
And Joshua has poked fun at Fury, revealing he has been blocked on Twitter, posting: "Why so serious?”
Matchroom Boxing – Joshua’s promoters – also fell foul of Fury’s blocking spree.
Frank Warren, Fury’s promoter, offered his opinion on the matter of a potential Fury-Joshua bout on Sunday morning, stating that the only man standing in the way of the fight is AJ himself.
"I believe Tyson Fury will be the winner of that fight so why on earth would anyone want to stand in its way?" added Warren.
"Everybody is sensible enough to make sure that big fights happen and I don’t believe anybody will stop that fight from happening.
"The only person who can stop that fight happening is Anthony Joshua."
However, Barry Hearn had his own take, stating that the man who would ultimately stop the bout coming to be is Warren himself.
"Wilder or Tyson Fury subject to terms on April 13, without a problem in the world – but you [Warren] will ask for a ridiculous amount of money and it won’t be made," he said on BBC 5 Live.
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