ANTHONY JOSHUA has vowed he would have been able to succeed in any era as he showed off his ripped physique on social media.
The 31-year-old is looking in great shape as he prepares to face heavyweight rival Tyson Fury later this year for all the belts.
Both men agreed to a two-fight deal last summer with a 50-50 split for the first bout and a 60-40 split going to the winner for the rematch.
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn revealed last month that the two are close to agreeing a match-up in May or June with talks ‘progressing really well’.
Though he believes that the eagerly-awaited contest is likely to take place outside of the UK due to the latest coronavirus lockdown.
With the fight edging closer to be finalised, Joshua has given fans a look at how he’s shaping up, while also taking a mini-swipe at boxers from previous generations.
Posting two snaps of his ripped body, he tweeted: “A great modern day fighter will be able to compete in any era.”
Joshua has been subject to criticism from former world champions in the past, with Lennox Lewis one of those to take fire at him.
And the 1988 Olympic gold medallist even backed the Gypst King to beat AJ as he stated the unbeaten WBC champ is ‘more dangerous’.
Boxing legend Mike Tyson – who recently snubbed Joshua from his favourite fighters list – stated in the past how Joshua, Fury or Deontay Wilder wouldn’t have beaten him.
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When asked if he’d beat AJ or Fury, Tyson replied: “Yes. Listen, if you’re asking me if I was 20 years old, then yes, there’s no doubt.”
And Evander Holyfield claimed last year that only Fury would have been able to hold his own during his era.
Fans were split over Joshua’s comment online, as one said: “You’d certainly compete, but you would lose to Ali, Holmes, Frazier, Foreman, Tyson, Lewis, Holyfield, Bowe….”
Another said: “You have to prove yourself as a great modern day fighter first.”
A third backed AJ, as they commented: “This era is the AJ era, you’d be a champion in any era, Fury be found out soon enough.”
Meanwhile another added: “Legend in the making.”