ANTHONY JOSHUA could find himself across the ring from Tyson Fury just TWO MONTHS after his crossover clash with Francis Ngannou.
The Watford warrior will continue his career rebuild with a lucrative Saudi showdown with the former UFC heavyweight champion on March 8.
AJ and his team are hoping to see out 2024 with a world title fight, but a showdown with Brit rival Fury could fall in their lap should Oleksandr Usyk pull out of their rescheduled undisputed bout on May 18.
Saudi boxing kingpin Turki Alalshikh dropped the bombshell during an appearance on The MMA Hour in which Fury’s rescheduled fight was announced. He said: “I guarantee there will be another big fight on the same night [if it is cancelled].
“If Usyk is scared then I will call for Joshua vs Fury and if Fury is scared I will call for any fighter that Usyk wants.
“This is the fight of the century.”
Prior to the rescheduling of the first undisputed title fight in nearly 25 years, Joshua’s team revealed to SunSport that he’d be willing to move forward his clash with Ngannou to preserve the Saudi’s big-money plans.
Fury and Usyk’s historic undisputed showdown was postponed on Friday after the Brit suffered a horror cut in sparring.
But both men will be on the hook for a staggering £10million if they do a runner from the long-overdue unification fight.
Alalshikh said: “I have delayed it for May 18, I guarantee for both of the fighters £10m if someone escapes from the fight.
“We will make the people around the world know if someone is scared.”
Fury was left devastated by the re-opening of the wound he suffered in his 2019 clash with Otto Wallin, so much so he still wanted to fight on February.
Alalshikh said: “Tyson doesn’t want me to tell this secret.
“He wanted to fight on the 17th with the cut but I didn’t let him, it would be a circus, not a fight.
“We have a deadline with IBF and I don’t want a headache with them.”
Fury looked to be in tip-top shape for the biggest fight of his life, which he’s adamant he would have won in emphatic fashion.
He said of the rescheduling: “This is not a blessing in disguise, but I take God’s will as it comes.
“I was 100 per cent confident I was going to knock Usyk out. I was 100 per cent ready.
“Why would I not want to fight for the biggest payday of my life?”