World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has warned rivals Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder that he is the Number one fighter in the world.
The Brit, who is billed to defend his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight belts against Alexander Povetkin next weekend, has also challenged the winner of Fury vs Wilder to come to London to fight him at Wembley Stadium next April.
Reports say Fury and Wilder are in talks over a December showdown, and Joshua is understood to be excited at the prospect of fighting the winner.
Joshua said of Fury that “you’ve got to have a bit of respect as well.”
“You can’t expect the whole division to go on hold. He had his issues and paused for three years,” he added.
“But the whole division can’t wait and sit down. The ball keeps rolling.
“Me and Wilder had been negotiating for a long time after the [Carlos] Takam fight and it fell through.
“Wembley Stadium is booked again for April, God willing, I beat Povetkin, and hopefully me fighting [the winner of Fury-Wilder] is quite straightforward.
“I am No 1. Name me a fighter that has a better record than me after 22 fights. I ain’t got to show anything.
“History will tell you. History is all that matters. I will prove myself. Ever since the amateurs, non-stop I have been on top of my game.”