ANTHONY JOSHUA’s sights are firmly set on a blockbuster showdown with Tyson Fury.
The unified heavyweight champion’s long-awaited Battle of Britain with The Gypsy King moved a huge step closer to coming to fruition earlier this month when he successfully defended his titles with a ninth-round KO of Kubrat Pulev.
Negotiations over the super-fight are currently ongoing, with both fighters’ camps confident an agreement will soon be reached.
With a potential legacy-defining fight with Fury right around the corner, Joshua has wasted no time in getting back to the gym.
The Olympian shared snaps of his latest workout to his official Instagram page on Wednesday night.
And it wasn’t one for the fainthearted.
One snap showed AJ appearing to finish a one-arm press-up whilst wearing a weighted vest and an additional weight chain.
The second showed Joshua staring into the camera whilst wearing the equipment, which added a considerable amount of weight to his already heavy frame.
The post’s accompanying caption included a padlock emoji and the word “in”, meaning he’s locked in on his next mission.
Joshua followed up that post with an update to his Instagram story, which included a post-sparring snap with cruiserweight prospect Stephen Adentan.
Although Joshua’s showdown with Fury has yet to be finalised, the Olympic gold medallist is confident he will share the ring with the WBC heavyweight champion next year.
In a guest column for Boxing News, Joshua said: “How close is the Fury fight? I promise you it’s happening.
“But until you hear it from me, don’t buy into anything. I’m serious about the fight so when I announce it you’ll know it’s real.
“I’m taking my time because there has been a lot of back-and-forth for years.
“I’ve been chasing this road to ‘undisputed’ and when the time is right I’ll announce it and I’ll have my mind fully focused on the job at hand.
“When it was Deontay Wilder in my way, that was my focus and he admitted we gave him lucrative offers that he turned down.
“Now it’s Tyson Fury that’s my pure focus. The offers will be made, substantial offers.
“I’ve fought many champions before so it’s obvious to see we’ve done business with world champions before.
“It’s no different with Fury, he should take this fight with both hands. The money will be split down the middle.”