Anthony Joshua's trainer sends message to Tyson Fury after Deontay Wilder win

Anthony Joshua’s trainer Rob McCracken says an all-British unification fight with Tyson Fury ‘has to happen’ following his victory over Deontay Wilder.

Fury, 31, became the new WBC world heavyweight champion with a stunning knockout win over American fighter Wilder in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Joshua regained the other four heavyweight belts with an emphatic victory over Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia in December and has been tipped to fight Fury next.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has promised that an all-British heavyweight clash with Fury will happen and his trainer McCracken said: ‘It has to happen.’

In an interview with Sky Sports, McCracken added: ‘It will be fantastic when they box each other – and they will do, down the line.

‘The best fighting the best is what the world wants to see and, certainly, they are the two best heavyweights in the world right now.

‘Without a doubt, it is fascinating, it is brilliant. We have two heavyweight champions ruling the world – when could you ever say that, in my lifetime? You never could.

‘Big Josh and Tyson have done fantastically well. They are tremendous fighters. What they have achieved is remarkable, in their lives and their sporting careers. It is fantastic for Britain.’

Discussing the possibility of Joshua fighting Fury, Matchroom Boxing chief Hearn said earlier in the week: ‘Fury is promoted by Bob Arum predominantly.

‘Frank Warren is also involved, MTK are his management company. I’ve spoke to Top Rank and I’ve spoke to MTK straight after the fight.

‘Everybody is very clear on this. Everybody wants this fight – Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, MTK, Top Rank, Frank Warren, Matchroom.

‘If we have to fight Pulev, we’ve got to beat Pulev, and if he has to fight Wilder, he’s got to beat Wilder again. Both of those things will happen.

‘Fury will beat Wilder again and Joshua will knock Pulev clean out, despite Bob Arum telling us very differently.

‘You will get this fight. We will do everything that it takes to make this fight.

‘Last time, you had us and Team Wilder and we were locking heads. Right now, you have two guys and two camps that genuinely want this fight, that genuinely will do everything that they can to make this fight. It is the only fight.’

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