Anthony Joshua insists he has no intention of stepping aside to allow Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk next, but doesn’t completely rule it out
Anthony Joshua has insisted that he does not intend to step aside from his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk to allow Tyson Fury to face the Ukrainian next, though did not completely rule out the idea.
AJ has activated his contractual clause to fight Usyk once again in early 2022, but Fury has said his fellow Brit should let him take care of the new champion instead.
Joshua told iFL TV: “I think people know not to approach me with that rubbish.
“I think people know not to approach me with that bulls***. It may have come to my team, but I think they’d know not to bring that to me at the minute.
“Let me be real with you, at this stage in my career it ain’t about the money, it’s about the respect.
“You’ve gotta look at what I want out of this game. Number one is respect – you ain’t gotta like me, but you will respect me.
“Second thing is to go down as a throwback fighter – someone who was willing to fight the best in their division.
“That’s why I still to this day will fight anybody, because I think that will be part of my legacy, the best résumé, the best heavyweight champion, three-time heavyweight champion, all that stuff. That’s a throwback fighter.
“In terms of step-aside, I don’t know if that goes in line with what I morally stand for.
“But let me be real with you, I wanna be known as one of the smartest businessmen as well…
“If the money’s right, we have to look at it, but respect for me has a lot more value than just money.
“It’s about respect first, it’s about what I’m known for when I leave this heavyweight division, and the third thing is the smartest businessman.
“Would I take the step-aside money? If it’s a smart business move? Will it affect my reputation and my respect? Will I still get to fight the best fighters?
“I have to consider these three things in my career. They’re the three things and three principles I truly stand by when it comes to fighting.”