ANTHONY JOSHUA and Tyson Fury are ‘training like animals’ for their historic undisputed title fight, Tony Bellew said.
The heavyweight champions are nearing the completion of talks with an announcement imminent for their August 14 unification in Saudi Arabia.
Joshua, 31, has kicked off his camp where it all started for him, Finchley Amateur Boxing Club.
But Fury, 32, has been in America, starting in Las Vegas, then Texas before jetting off to Miami with his brother Tommy, 21.
And while it appears the WBC champion is relaxing in the sun, Bellew warned not to be fooled with the hard work being put in off camera.
He told talkSPORT: “Believe you me, he is in training. He looks in great shape.
“He is sparring, he’s training and he is doing everything he possibly can to be in the best shape of his life.
“Don’t believe all the hype and the smoke that they create around the training of him being in Vegas without his shirt on and all the bling.
“It’s nonsense! These guys are training like animals, believe you me. I know AJ is for the absolute fact.”
The last undisputed heavyweight champion was Lennox Lewis, now 55, but he only reigned with three of the four world titles.
At the time, the WBO version was not considered a major honour.
But for the first time in heavyweight history, all four titles are set to be contested for in the blue ribband division, allowing for the only ever four-belt champ.
And with Lewis’ record set to be broken, Bellew, 38, compared Joshua to the British boxing legend.
He said: “AJ is the best athlete the heavyweight division has seen since Lennox Lewis, he is that good of an athlete.
“So he is 365 days of the year, in shape and in camp. For Fury, he likes to get ready before the fight and he will be in camp.
“But he is not in Vegas through choice; he is in Vegas because that is where the camp is set up.
“That’s where SugarHill will want him; SugarHill is a brilliant coach, trained by the legend that is his uncle the great Emanuel Steward.
“So these guys have got it all to do, I just can’t wait until we get it finally done. Put them face-to-face, at the press conference, and let the circus begin.”