As his third fight with Deontay Wilder edges ever closer, Tyson Fury has taken the step of banning all mention of rival Anthony Joshua in his fight camp so he can focus firmly on the task at hand.
Fury was intending to take on Joshua later this summer in Saudi Arabia, only for that plan to be scuppered by a judge ruling he is obliged to give Wilder a third fight.
This sparked a war of words between Fury and Joshua on social media, with Joshua labelling the Gypsy King as a "fraud" before accusing him of letting boxing down.
Fury did not take that accusation lying down, immediately biting back with: "Anthony Joshua your [sic] more full of s*** than Eddie, spouting absolute s****! Your full team knew there was an arbitration going on, it was out of my hands! But I tell you what if I’m a fraud let’s fight this weekend bare knuckles till 1 man quits? Let’s put up 20 mill each!!!"
With the Wilder fight confirmed, some fear Joshua and Fury will never meet in the ring with both fighters management teams failing to come to an agreement over almost every aspect of a potential bout.
A source close to Fury has now revealed to SunSport that all talk of Joshua must be halted while he focuses on trying to "demolish " Wilder.
A source said: "Tyson is ready and willing to fight AJ. And he won’t rest until he has beaten him and proved to everyone he is the better fighter.
"But he wants to turn down the volume now on all the noise around AJ. That is for another day. Tyson is focusing totally on Wilder.
"He firmly believes he can give the American a boxing lesson and is training harder than ever to be in perfect condition for the fight. Everything else is simply a distraction which he won't allow into his head."
WBC champion Fury will now fight Wilder on July 24 in Las Vegas while WBA, IBF and WBO title holder Joshua is gearing up to face Oleksandr Usyk in August.
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