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Anthony Joshua says Tyson Fury hasn’t earned his respect yet as he targets unification showdown

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ANTHONY JOSHUA has challenged Tyson Fury to dive into the “deep end” and finally earn his respect as a boxer.

And the WBA, WBO and IBF champion says the two have “nothing to lose” from meeting in a Battle of Britain for the ages next year.

Joshua says Fury needs to earn his respect by jumping into the ring with him

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Joshua says Fury needs to earn his respect by jumping into the ring with himCredit: Instagram @anthonyjoshua

Joshua, 30, and WBC heavyweight king Fury, 31, are believed to have agreed a two-fight deal.


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The pair recently discussed their upcoming bouts at a chance meeting in Marbella.

And while it seemed all smiles between them, Joshua lit the touchpaper by saying Fury has done nothing to gain his respect yet and that he is regarded a great only because of his feinting ability.

This despite Fury’s brutal destruction of famed knockout artist Deontay Wilder in their February rematch and his tactical masterclass over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.

Joshua said on a Sky YouTube broadcast with fans: “If the sport is lacking so much talent, it shows that all you need is feints and a bit of movement to be called a great.

“I wonder what people see in Fury that is so intimidating that he can’t be touched?

Fury totally dismantled Wilder in their February rematch but AJ says he must do more to earn his respect

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Fury totally dismantled Wilder in their February rematch but AJ says he must do more to earn his respectCredit: AP:Associated Press

“When you are willing to challenge the best in the division… Wladimir Klitschko was his first real challenge and he won that.

“That took him eight years to get there – from the amateurs to there.

“Then he had years out and fought Wilder.

“But he has not been in the deep end to prove that he can swim there for a long time, you don’t just come there once or twice, you have to do it repeatedly against championship level fighters, that is how you gain my respect.”

Joshua is bulking up for his next fight against Pulev

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Joshua is bulking up for his next fight against PulevCredit: Twitter / @anthonyfjoshua
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Joshua believes the only way to settle it once and for all is for the two to get it on in the ring.

AJ – who is bulking up ahead of his upcoming fight against Kubrat Pulev – added: “I bumped into Fury the other day, it was random, that is the first thing we speak about when we see each other -are we fighting?

“It has to happen, we are both heavyweights in this era. I am keen, I am all up for the big fun nights and creating history.

“There is nothing to lose from us getting in the ring.

“We should just get in and get cracking and give everyone a great night of boxing again.

“We fight for the good nights and the competition, we want to fight the best.

“There’s nothing to lose from this, fighting the best is what it is all about.”

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Brendan Rodgers believes Harvey Barnes will be ‘knocking on the door’ for an England call up

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Brendan Rodgers has backed Harvey Barnes to force his way into the England squad for next summer’s European Championships.

The 22-year-old started the season in blistering fashion with a superb performance in Leicester’s 3-0 win at West Brom last weekend, after registering six goals and eight assists in the league last term.

Competition for wide places is fierce in Gareth Southgate‘s squad but Foxes boss Rodgers insists Barnes has a chance, especially if he can improve his finishing.

Harvey Barnes is hoping to impress Gareth Southgate to earn an international call-up

Harvey Barnes is hoping to impress Gareth Southgate to earn an international call-up

Brendan Rodgers feels Barnes could contend for a spot at the European Championships

Brendan Rodgers feels Barnes could contend for a spot at the European Championships

Rodgers said: ‘For all English players that will be the aim and for Harvey it’s a realistic aim. The boys who are ahead of him are really talented players but Harvey has this incredible power he can sustain over a long distance.

‘For him it’s about increasing his numbers, if he can get into double figures this year and makes a number of assists then he can be knocking on the door. He is a really gifted player.

‘Now it’s the case of improving and my job to challenge him even more. He is a great boy. 

Barnes got off to an electric start during Leicester's opening day victory against West Brom

Barnes got off to an electric start during Leicester’s opening day victory against West Brom

‘He trains virtually every day, puts so much into the games, then there is his running ability. 

‘We’re trying to improve his running off the ball and getting him into more scoring opportunities.

 ‘At times last season he was electric.’ Leicester were on Friday closing in on the loan signing of Roma winger Cengiz Under, who would play off the right with Barnes off the left.

That would leave little room in Rodgers’ plans for Demarai Gray. The winger has only one year remaining on his contract and Rodgers acknowledged: ‘It’s whether he wants to continue in the role he’s played here, or whether he sees himself going out and being a starter.’

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Boxing legend Mike Tyson, 54, ditches vegan diet and is scoffing meat ahead of ring return

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BOXING’S Mike Tyson has ditched his vegan diet and is scoffing bison and elk meat to prepare for a ring return.

The ex-world heavyweight champ, 54, hopes red meat will restore his stunning punching power.

Mike Tyson looking super lean in an Instagram post from August

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Mike Tyson looking super lean in an Instagram post from AugustCredit: Instagram / @miketyson

Protein-packed steaks are making him strong again for his comeback against Roy Jones Jr, 51, in Carson, California, on November 28.

Tyson said of his vegan diet: “I stopped because of the training and because of what I wanted my body to look like and the strength that I wanted to poses.

“I only eat elk and bison — wild stuff — and I’m starting to feel fit.

“I realised the stuff that’s good for other people — like kale, vegetables and blueberries — for me is really poisonous.”

The 54-year-old has ditched his vegan diet for elk and bison meat

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The 54-year-old has ditched his vegan diet for elk and bison meatCredit: Instagram
Tyson hopes red meat will restore his stunning punching power

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Tyson hopes red meat will restore his stunning punching powerCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The ex-world heavyweight champ is returning to the ring

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The ex-world heavyweight champ is returning to the ringCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Tyson was speaking on the podcast of American comedian Joe Rogan, an amateur hunter.

Rogan told Tyson: “I want to give you some of my elk.

“I’ve got three commercial freezers full. You can have as much as you want.”

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Bruce admits coronavirus concern ahead of Newcastle’s Carabao Cup trip to Morecambe

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Steve Bruce says it is a concern that Football League clubs are no longer being tested for Covid-19 on a weekly basis with Newcastle set to travel to Morecambe on Wednesday.

Sportsmail revealed this week that the EFL has removed the mandatory protocol for weekly tests.

That has led to several top-flights clubs paying for their lower-league opponents to be screened ahead of Carabao Cup fixtures.

Newcastle are set to travel to League Two side Morecambe for cup tie on Wednesday

Newcastle are set to travel to League Two side Morecambe for cup tie on Wednesday

And Bruce said: ‘Of course it is a concern. When it comes down to our own individual bubble, I think we are the fortunate ones. We’re tested twice a week, but further down the pyramid, it’s not the case – and we travel to Morecambe next week with that possibility.

‘There are tough weeks ahead for everybody concerned, so we will have to make sure we observe the rules and try to get back on track again.

‘The football, if that gives people a bit of relief then all well and good. Yes, it is a concern when you play the lower league, but we’d rather be playing football than not.’

Bruce says Newcastle are yet to discuss paying for League Two Morecambe to be tested but, as we reported on Friday, the likes of Liverpool and West Ham will carry the cost of their EFL opponents being screened in the coming days. 

Liverpool will be among clubs to offer to pay for their EFL Cup opponent's Covid-19 tests

Liverpool will be among clubs to offer to pay for their EFL Cup opponent’s Covid-19 tests

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