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JOSHUA: WILDER FIGHTING FURY TO STRENGTHEN HAND IN NEGOTIATIONS

Anthony Joshua believes Deontay Wilder is only fighting Tyson Fury to strengthen his position in negotiations over a heavyweight unification bout.

Joshua and Wilder appeared to be on a collision course after the Briton collected every title apart from the WBC belt currently held by his American rival.

But a fight between the pair is yet to come to fruition, with disagreements over the purse thought to be among the issues causing the delay.

In the meantime, Wilder has agreed to take on Fury in November, but Joshua remains confident that he and Wilder will meet in the ring sooner or later.

"We have to fight, there's no two ways about it," Joshua told Sky Sports. "Remember we've been negotiating since I fought [Carlos] Takam last year.

"I've been trying to get a fight with Wilder, it's been ongoing for a long time. It feels very difficult.

"That is why I know the strategy is for him to fight Fury after a three year lay-off. He's got a good chance of beating him.

"It will boost his profile, so when he comes back to the negotiating table he will have a better leg to stand on."

Discussing Fury's motivations, Joshua added: "Tyson Fury's strategy is to put some money in the bank after a three-year lay-off.

"He'll continue talking rubbish as he does. In the long run, thunder strikes and it continues to strike.

"It's not like they've stolen the limelight. There's enough on the table for everyone to eat, in my opinion."

Joshua will meet Alexander Povetkin at Wembley in September, while Dillian Whyte is said to be the leading candidate to be his next opponent at the same venue in April.

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