Tyson Fury has ramped up the mind games with Anthony Joshua ahead of their potential meeting in 2021 – while also branding his promoter Eddie Hearn a "southern w*****".
Fury and Joshua were expected to battle it out for undisputed heavyweight glory this year, with the two bitter rivals agreeing personal terms for a £200million Saudi Arabian mega-bout back in March.
However, plans for the British duo to finally meet in the ring collapsed over the summer, as out of nowhere Fury was instead ordered by a US court to lock horns with America's Deontay Wilder for a third time.
Should the Gypsy King beat Wilder again in October as expected, and Joshua come through his tough test against Oleksandr Usyk on September 25, the pair will hopefully collide for all the heavyweight belts at some point next year.
During an interview with former Man Utd and England defender Gary Neville for Sky Bet's The Overlap, Fury was told that Joshua had promised to "smoke" him when they meet in his own appearance on the show.
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The WBC heavyweight champion responded: "AJ couldn't smoke a cigarette, never mind smoke the Gypsy King. He hasn't got the minerals to fight a man like me.
"I said to Eddie Hearn straight, 'The difference in me and him is he's a businessman and I'm a f****** Spartan.'
"And I'll show him that when I get in the ring. I will absolutely annihilate that bodybuilder, he won't go past six rounds. It will be over quickly.
"He knows that and his full team know it. And that's why Eddie Hearn has been steering around me for the last ten years."
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When asked if Hearn ever tried to sign him, Fury said: "He has, he had the opportunity to do it. I believe he said in one of his interviews it's the biggest regret of his life that he didn't sign the Gypsy King up."
He then added: "Eddie Hearn, he is a proper souther w*****.
"I love to terrorise Eddie because he loves to talk s*** about people that he's got nothing to do with.
"All Eddie has ever done is talk rubbish about me because he knows it gets him hits and viewing figures on interviews.
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"At the end of the day, what's he ever achieved in his life? He's never been a boxer.
"He goes around like he's world heavyweight champion, but he isn't. He's just a businessman.
"There's plenty of them out there but there's only one, real, heavyweight world champion – and that's me."
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