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Anthony Joshua And Tyson Fury Have Been Going Toe To Toe On Twitter

Former lineal heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury has labeled countryman Anthony Joshua a “paper champion” and a “poor man’s Frank Bruno” amid a heated exchange on Twitter.

On April 29th at Wembley Stadium, Joshua faces the man that Fury unseated as heavyweight king in late 2015, Wladimir Klitschko. Several fragments of boxing’s heavyweight crown will be up for grabs, including Joshua’s IBF title, and the vacant WBA ‘Super'(ugh) strap. Fury won both of these titles when he topped Klitschko by decision 17 months ago, but he was stripped of the IBF belt not long afterwards and the troubled champion later relinquished the WBA belt, along with the WBO title, to focus on recovering from reported mental health issues.

However, Fury has recently taken to sniping at the two men who he sees as mere pretenders to his rightful throne. Late last week, the still undefeated 28-year-old previewed the upcoming Joshua/Klitschko showdown with the following tweet.

Today, he took aim more directly at Joshua, comparing him unfavourably to another heavily muscled and beloved British heavyweight, the aforementioned Bruno.

This particular post coaxed a response from Joshua, who brought up Fury’s recent weight gain and offered him ringside tickets for the Klitschko fight. From there, things escalated further, with Fury promising to return to the ring in order to give Joshua a boxing lesson and later claiming that the London Olympic gold medallist has been getting a beating from Rio silver medallist Joe Joyce in sparring. Joshua simply told Fury to name a date for his return.

You can check out the entire exchange below…

If Joshua beats Klitschko on April 29th, talk of a massive All-British fight between he and Fury will only grow louder. However, Fury’s last two scheduled outings, both with Klitschko, were scrapped and only last month he claimed to be 25 stone(159kg), over seven stone(47kg) more than what he weighed in his last bout with the Ukrainian. So, the road to that fight could be a very long one for Fury.

And it probably doesn’t start down at the pub.

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