Undefeated heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has let rip at Anthony Joshua and made the astonishing claim he will quit the fight if he doesn't knock him out in three rounds.
A deal to lock in the biggest boxing fight in years between Fury and Joshua is ongoing as the two champions look to create an undisputed heavyweight king.
Despite progress, promoter Bob Arum caused a stir when he said the notion the agreement for a location had been struck was a mirage.
This is despite Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, claiming a deal was very close to secure a location for around $US150 million ($AUD200 million).
A deal is expected to be announced this weekend for a bout in Riyadh, Saudia Arbaia, which is in excess of $200 million, according to reports.
But to ramp up the excitement, Fury continued to call out Joshua to get the deal over the line.
“While I’m on a rant, I may as well call out one more person; a big useless dosser, not a real fighting man, hype job, bodybuild, crossfit, big, ugly s***house,” Fury said.
“And that’s Anthony Joshua. AJ, if you’re out there let’s make this fight happen you big dosser, you big s***house, bum dosser.
“I’m going to smash your face in too, and there’s not one thing you can do about it. Prove me wrong sucker, prove me wrong. I’m No. 1, numero uno.”
Fury's astonishing claim during fight
But astonishingly Fury reiterated his previous promise to finish Joshua within three rounds.
However, he added some extra intrigue on the claim after telling Joshua he would quit the fight after Round 3 and hand him the victory if he couldn't fulfil his promise.
“Just been thinking, another message for AJ. AJ, if you go past three rounds with me, I’ll quit in the corner," he added.
“Because that’s how confident I am of taking you cold out in the first two, three rounds. Out, like a light switch.”
Fury and Hearn have been trading barbs recently over efforts to make the deal come to fruition.
Fury's (30-0-1) last fight was his TKO victory over Deontay Wilder in at the beginning of 2020.
Joshua (24-1) defeated Kubrat Pulev at the end of 2020, after regaining his titles against Andy Ruiz.
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