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Published: 12:46 | 10/4/16

Joshua would "walk through" Fury

New IBF champ talks future plans

New IBF Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua believes he would "walk through" Tyson Fury on his way to unifying the division.

The 26-year-old stopped Charles Martin inside two rounds in London on Saturday night to claim one of the belts while Fury, who is recognised as the division's champion, will defend his three belts against Wladimir Klitschko in Manchester this July.

Immediately after the fight finished Fury tweeted: "So AJ gets a belt, but he looked slow and ponderous, and still looked like a bodybuilder. Let me slay the lamb."

But Joshua claims fighting his six feet nine inch compatriot would prove no problem for him.

"I'm going to walk through Fury when he's ready," he said. "I mean business and I'm here to stay.

"I'm only quarter of the way there [to unifying the division].

"There's still a lot of work to be done. I've done two rounds, so I'll go to the changing rooms and work on the pads.

"I've got people like David Haye and Tyson Fury calling me out so I need to keep improving. Every fight gets better and better. I want to give value for money and I appreciate the ongoing support of the fans."

Despite claiming a world title, the extent of Joshua's talent is a little unclear as the lack of serious opposition - including Martin, extremely lucky to ever hold a version of the blue riband weight in the sport - makes it difficult to accurately ascertain.

Haye meanwhile, working ringside at the fight and back in the sport again having failed to get his career in Hollywood up and running, was impressed with Joshua but wants to fight him before Fury.

"Joshua will defend his title, he won't fight Tyson Fury in the next two fights," he said. "Fury has his work cut out with Wladimir Klitschko - he needs to worry about that before anyone else.

"Tyson Fury is very difficult to deal with. I can't see him and his team doing a deal with Eddie Hearn [Joshua's promoter].

"I believe Anthony Joshua wants two defences. Ideally we both win our fights and square off for probably the biggest ever British heavyweight clash.

"It was the smoothest and easiest way I've seen someone win a world title. "Potential-wise, physically, technically, he looks like he's doing everything right."

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