Tyson Fury sends Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn reality check ahead of showdown
Tyson Fury believes he has more to lose against Anthony Joshua.
But the Gypsy King reckons his British rival needs the fight more as they plot an undisputed heavyweight showdown for next year.
Unbeaten Fury, 32, must first defend his WBC heavyweight title against Deontay Wilder while WBA, IBF and WBO champion Joshua has to take on Kubrat Pulev.
But Dillian Whyte's brutal knockout defeat by Alexander Povetkin has removed one big obstacle in the way of putting on the all-British super-fight.
“I know Eddie Hearn and Joshua were trying to put a hurdle in the way with Dillian Whyte and 'if you don't fight Whyte then you don't fight Joshua',” Fury told BT Sport.
“But the fact of the matter is I don't need any of their fighters, they need me. I'm the only undefeated world heavyweight champion out there.
“All the rest have been beaten, left by the wayside, stopped and battered. They need me.
“I'm a standalone Gypsy King giant ruling the division, ruling the roost.
“I don't need any of their money, I don't need what they can bring to the table, but for the fans you want the biggest fight possible and the biggest fight out there now is me against Joshua.
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“They have nothing to lose, they've already been knocked out and beat.
“I'm the only one who has got something to lose, that big 0 (no defeats) I'm carrying around with me.”
Fury feels Whyte's knockout defeat by Povetkin – who was stopped by Joshua two years ago – just proves how far he is ahead of the rest of the division.
He said: “All these boxers, the Joshuas, the Chisoras, the Whytes, the Povetkins, all these people are on a similar level. I see them as four, fives and sixes. And at any time they can take each other out. It shows you what level they're at.”
But Fury is not overlooking Wilder in their rematch – pencilled in for December 19 – despite his one-sided victory in their February clash.
“As you saw on Saturday, if you overlook someone you get banged on the chin,” he said.
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“I just want to concentrate on Deontay Wilder, the most dangerous fighter on the planet and history has ever had.
“I know Deontay Wilder is the most dangerous heavyweight fighter out there.”
Meanwhile, the Gypsy King believes Whyte's defeat will kill off any slim hopes of the Brixton bruiser facing British champion Daniel Dubois.
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Frank Warren is keen to make the fight for his man, who faces a late replacement in Ricardo Snijders this Saturday at BT Sport studios.
Fury added: “That ain't happening anymore.
“I see Daniel knocking him unconscious to be honest like Povetkin, too young, too big, too strong.”
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