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Anthony Joshua hits out at Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury ahead of bout with Dillian Whyte

Anthony Joshua hits out at Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury in first press conference ahead of bout with Dillian Whyte as he admits the pair have been ‘doing my head in for years’

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Anthony Joshua hit out at Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury during the first press conference ahead of Joshua vs Whyte II on Monday afternoon.

AJ went face-to-face with Dillian Whyte for the first time after his August 12 bout with the British heavyweight was announced last week.

During the press conference, AJ was asked whether he was using the bout to prepare for a Saudi Arabian showdown with Deontay Wilder later in the year.

Joshua was quick to shut down claims and tell reporters that he was fed up with the Bronze Bomber before throwing shade at the Gypsy King.

Joshua said: ‘Forget Wilder and them lot. Them lot are doing my head in for years. You lot have seen now the shenanigans that go on in the heavyweight division.’

Anthony Joshua criticised Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury in his first press conference before his fight against Dillian Whyte

Anthony Joshua criticised Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury in his first press conference before his fight against Dillian Whyte

Joshua and Whyte (right) went face-to-face since their second bout was confirmed for August last week

Joshua and Whyte (right) went face-to-face since their second bout was confirmed for August last week

Joshua and Whyte (right) went face-to-face since their second bout was confirmed for August last week

Joshua has been linked with fights against Wilder (pictured) and Fury throughout his career

Joshua has been linked with fights against Wilder (pictured) and Fury throughout his career

He called Fury (pictured) a liar during the presser

He called Fury (pictured) a liar during the presser

Joshua has been linked with fights against Wilder (left) and Fury (right) throughout his career

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‘I’ll be real it’s even going on with Fury. He came out and said he was training for Usyk and then Sugar Hill came out and said he wasn’t training him. You can see all the lies that are going on.’

When asked why he decided to face Whyte for a second time after previously beating him in 2015, AJ said ‘it was good business’.

He told reporters: ‘I’m definitely up for fighting. There are a lot of names in the division but look what this fight does. This fight does good business.’

AJ also touched on the long-standing rivalry between himself and Whyte. He described the Body Snatcher as ‘just another body’.

Speaking at Monday’s press conference, Joshua said: ‘I don’t really think of Dillian as a rival. He’s just another body. A lot of people hate on me.

‘I don’t look at him as a rival, I just think about myself. Staying in my lane and doing what I need to do. I am here now and I am ready to rock and roll. I don’t care what people think and say about me.’

AJ also refused to say whether he would knock Whyte out and recreate history after sending the Body Snatcher to the canvas during their previous bout.

Joshua and Whyte will go head-to-head for the first time since AJ knocked out his fellow Brit in 2015

Joshua and Whyte will go head-to-head for the first time since AJ knocked out his fellow Brit in 2015

Joshua and Whyte will go head-to-head for the first time since AJ knocked out his fellow Brit in 2015

He said: ‘I am meditating on my performance at the moment. Boxing is about fundamentals. There are two ways to skin a cat. Whatever way I want to go about, I will do. Everything I say today is irrelevant. When that bell goes, it’s all about that.’

Meanwhile, Whyte said: ‘I want three things from boxing. I wanna avenge my defeats which is obviously Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. I want to become world champion. And I wanna make some money too. I ain’t got no money, I’m broke, I want that AJ money.

‘We’re still chasing improvement and we have new teams around us. We’re more experienced and have more skills. We’ve still got a lot of hunger and I can’t wait to get in there. 

Whyte said he is determined to avenge his defeats to both Joshua and Fury earlier on in his career

Whyte said he is determined to avenge his defeats to both Joshua and Fury earlier on in his career

Whyte said he is determined to avenge his defeats to both Joshua and Fury earlier on in his career

He was joined on stage by trainer and Hall of Famer Buddy McGirt, who described the fight as one 'that boxing needs'

He was joined on stage by trainer and Hall of Famer Buddy McGirt, who described the fight as one 'that boxing needs'

He was joined on stage by trainer and Hall of Famer Buddy McGirt, who described the fight as one ‘that boxing needs’

‘I just prepare for the best version of him [Joshua]. I don’t care what people are saying about him. I’m still coming to fight and I haven’t got anything to lose. I’m calm now – but the more you f*** about, we’ll soon find out. 

‘Is this a must-win fight? Every fight I’ve had with Matchroom has been like that. But I don’t worry about that. Let’s see what happens. 

‘I have the power to take anyone out. If the knockout comes then great. But I’m focusing on the victory. I’ll listen to what Buddy McGirt says.’ 

Whyte was joined by trainer and Hall of Famer, McGirt. The American said: ‘This is a fight that boxing needs. It’s good fight for Dillian. And it will be a great night of boxing. What better place for it to happen than right here in London?’ 

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