With or without the titles at stake, Anthony Joshua explains that he would be more than willing to fight his domestic rival, Tyson Fury.
The two boxers were close to a deal to face each other on a date in August in Saudi Arabia. The fight fell apart when an arbitrator ordered Fury to honor a rematch clause due to Deontay Wilder.
Fury will now defend his WBC title against Deontay Wilder on October 9th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
And Joshua will defend the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO titles against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Joshua rejected the constant chatter from Fury, who claims the Olympic gold medal winner is ducking their fight
"He's a fighter isn't he. What's the worst that can happen? You get hit. He's been doing it for years [telling people I won't fight him], however, I just know on my end, and my management team and my promoter - we done everything we can to make this happen and as long as I'm champion, I'll compete with anyone. I've got a tough challenger coming up now. A great fighter," Joshua told Gary Neville's The Overlap.
"Without the belts? I rate that. That's what I'm talking about. We'll fight, 100 percent, let's do it. I'll smoke that guy. I will. It's annoying. For me, I don't really get into the Twitter back and forth, because it's Twitter fingers. Anyone can sit behind a computer and talk. Let's be real, let's be honest. Let's let the people know. You're the one that let the fans down, because everyone seems to think…
"I fought on December 12th. When they were like, 'Who do you want to fight next?' I said I don't want to call out any names, and I know because I'm going to start shouting out people's names and I'm going to be in this position now where the guys' name I'm shouting out doesn't want to fight or he's not ready to fight."