“Say his name 3 times and he appears!” – Joshua ducks Fury talk after win ​

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Anthony Joshua knocked out Kubrat Pulev in Round 9 of his Saturday night bout at Wembley Arena and immediately set his sights on, oh, nothing in particular, in the post-bout interviews.

The WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belt holder could’ve claimed the WTF crown due to his reluctance to talk about the fight everyone wants to happen with a certain mouthy Manc in 2021.

“Nevermind me and what I’m going to do, what about you, Andy?” the 31-year-old replied during a post-fight press conference when asked about his future plans.

“How are you? How are the kids? Good, yeah?”

However, the assembled reporters pressed him further, asking where he goes from here?

“Probably have a shower, I’ve Match of the Day on series link, though I heard the Manchester derby was sh*te, so might see why everyone’s talking about the Queen’s Gambit on Netflix.”

“Do you have any thoughts on your next challenge?” came the next question.

“Got a driving test in a few weeks, trying to brush up on my French, thinking about climbing Kilimanjaro whenever Covid allows. So yeah, lots of challenges ahead.”

“But what about the fight everyone wants to see next year, Joshua versus Tyson Fury? is it going to happen?” came an exasperated shout from the back of the room, at which point the victorious fighter’s eyes glazed over.

“Careful how you say that name now,” he whispered.

“What, Tyson Fury?”

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“There you go again.

“Say it three times in a row and you start seeing a bloke in a child’s Batman costume popping up in weird places.

“And there’s this noise – just this relentless, whiny drone saying the word ‘dosser’ over and over again.”

Later, the champ’s promoter Eddie Hearn admitted he was unaware of the superstitious turn his fighter’s preparation for this bout had taken.

“If I’d known Tyson Fury would show up that easily, I’d have done it before the fight to get him in Wembley and sold a lot more PPV subs for this,” he lamented.

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