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Anthony Joshua admits Tyson Fury fight might have to happen behind closed doors

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Anthony Joshua fears his only chance of fighting Tyson Fury will be behind closed doors.

The British rivals, who hold the four heavyweight world titles between them, were on a December collision course before the coronavirus crisis struck.

Joshua was due to defend his three belts against Kubrat Pulev in June while Fury was to follow suit against Deontay Wilder the following month.

It was hoped the pair would then expected to clash in Saudi Arabia to determine the best heavyweight in the world.

But Joshua and Fury are now in limbo with sport across the world suspended due to the pandemic.

Their meeting will likely be pushed back until February – but Joshua fears Fury could hang up his gloves before that happens.

“If Eddie Hearn said he managed to secure the Tyson Fury fight, but it is behind closed doors, I would take it,” he told DAZN.

“If I dont take it now then I dont think Tyson Fury will be around by the time this all comes around again, when big hall shows are available. I have to take the opportunity while theyre there.

“It is such a shame that I am quarantine right now as it has put a halt to greatness, but this is part of history and I am working towards beating Tyson Fury.

“I am looking at Tyson Fury like I am going to walk through him as well. I had my issue last year [losing to Andy Ruiz], I got through it and I want to correct it.

“People dont know what that does for a fighter mentally when he loses in front of the world and what it takes to come back. Having this time to reflect has been a blessing in disguise.”

Joshua’s title defence against mandatory challenger Pulev was due to take place on June 20 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but has been postponed indefinitely.

Fury is set to take on Wilder for a third time in Las Vegas on October 3, but there is no guarantee fans will be allowed into the arena.

And Joshua insists he is ready to fight behind closed doors – even if it means losing millions.

“When you are fighting in front of 80,000 people, whether you like it or not there is a massive impact on your psyche, on your confidence,” he added.

“So it would be difficult to fight without the crowd there to entertain. But a win is a win, and it goes down in history and this is just part of history.

“Economically Im taking a big hit like the rest of the world. I would definitely fight for the love of my sport and economically Ive got that hunger in me, even if I drop five dollars or pounds, Im turning back to get it. Im never too big to earn a buck

“One hundred per cent I would fight for $8m less [from no gate receipts]. One hundred per cent I would take the opportunity to fight at the drop of a hat.”

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