Anthony Joshua and Vladimir Klitschko
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Anthony Joshua has remained tight-lipped about former heavyweight champ Tyson Fury — despite constant goading and name-calling from the Gypsy King. But AJ has now returned fire on Twitter… by calling Fury a “fat fuck”.

Fury has been very vocal in the last week or so — seemingly buoyed by the news that his licence to box will be returned at a hearing later this year.

Fury is desperate to get AJ in the ring, in what would easily be the biggest fight in British boxing history. But he knows that his own destiny is in the current champs hands.

The 29-year-old mocked Joshua’s 10th round stoppage of Carlos Takam recently, claiming he’d have made light work of the 36-year-old journeyman.

But despite all of Fury’s bravado, the former champ is still around eight stones overweight. And let’s be honest, he didn’t exactly destroy Klitschko in their own title fight.

Fury is already playing the marketing game with Joshua. But he should be concentrating on losing the weight. After all, Fury announced he was returning to the training gym at the beginning of 2017 — yet he still looks more like a pie eating champ than a boxing champ.

Recent reports suggest that Eddie Hearn is now in preliminary negotiations with team Fury for a potential fight late next year. However, Joshua will probably need to see off Deontay Wilder first. And fatty Fury will need to prove he’s up to the challenge with a preparatory bout of his own.

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