Joshua, 26, became the IBF heavyweight champion with a second-round knockout of Charles Martin at London’s O2 Arena this month and could face Tyson Fury soon as Fury wants to take the IBF title from Joshua.
Fury, known for his social media outbursts towards rivals posted a photo-shopped image of Joshua on Twitter, carrying an ‘F’ sign while wearing a T-shirt with a picture of Fury following his win against Wladimir Klitschko.
The 27-year-old WBA, WBO, IBO and The Ring magazine heavyweight champion captioned the snap: ‘Who I think I found myself a cheerleader, she is always right there when I need her,’ misquoting the lyrics to hit-song ‘Cheerleader’ by OMI.
Fury feels Joshua’s decision to defend his IBF crown against American Dominic Breazeale is because he is scared of losing, hence his choice of a ‘soft’ target.
It’s not the first time the two fighters have had a go at each other. Joshua recently called Fury ‘a fat boy’ to which Fury replied ‘We all do weights obviously because we are heavyweights, but I am never going to be Mr Universe and I don’t need to be. I am a fighting man. That’s what I am. I am a natural fighter. I am the Gipsy King. I don’t need muscles – and you can’t put muscles on your chin. I’ve beaten plenty of six packs, don’t worry about that.’
A possible World title fight between the pair could occur later on this year if their social media goading continues and promoters feel fans will like to see a fight between the pair.