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Earlier this summer Fury, who ripped the WBC title from Deontay Wilder’s grasp back in February, reached an agreement with unified champion Joshua for two mega-fights that will take place in 2021.
Yet first both men must emerge from their next outings unscathed; the Gypsy King is set for a trilogy bout with Wilder either later this year or early next year, while AJ is scheduled to face IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in December.
If the pair are both victorious, the coast will be clear for them to go head-to-head in one of the biggest British battles of all time.
However, Fury has expressed his doubts over the fight happening in a private message to Froch, telling the former super-middleweight world champion that he expects Joshua and promoter Eddie Hearn to back out of their agreement.
Speaking on his podcast, Froch said: “I put something on my Insta story – it was a picture of AJ and Fury facing off with a ticking clock above it. I’ve had a message in my direct inbox from Tyson Fury.
“He’s put, ‘The fight won’t happen, the man’s a s***house. He and his promoter know I’ll go through him like a hot knife through butter’.
“So that’s Fury’s response to me putting a picture of them two facing off.
“He genuinely doesn’t think that Joshua or Eddie Hearn want the fight but I think they do. I think AJ has to take the fight or his credibility is gone.
“That’s the one everyone wants to see and it has to happen next.”
Joshua’s recent comments about Fury on Sky One’s A League Of Their Own suggest otherwise, nonetheless, as the Olympic champion insisted he can’t wait to “break his head”.
“I have a lot of respect for the man, he’s a good family man and a good fighter,” he said. “But on the other hand, I want to break his head.
“First six rounds, I think, well I know I’m going to take him out then. I have had a shorter career, so I’m fresher.
“I’ve been in the deep end longer so I can handle the pressure and I believe I’m going to take him out.
“Fury drew the first and then rejigged his game plan and took Wilder out and schooled him really but I think I’m faster than Wilder anyway, call it what you want, I believe I’m better.”