Anthony Joshua is ready to fight Tyson Fury soon to avoid any situation similar to Floyd Mayweather's clashes with Manny Pacquiao.

The British heavyweight was set to take on his domestic rival this summer, but the fight collapsed with Fury forced to fight Deontay Wilder.

Any bout between the pair would be historic, with the pair currently holding all the belts in the blue-ribbon division.

And 'AJ' has compared their British showdown to Mayweather's super fight with Pacquiao but has warned it must take place soon.

"We were meant to have fought by now and here we are talking about it,’ Joshua told the Daily Mail. "But it will happen. I know what people are saying about boxing politics, but I’ll promise before the end of my career I will have done everything in my power to fight Tyson Fury.

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‘We saw it with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao (not fighting until they were beyond their primes) but that was a superstar fight. Me and Fury is streets, two warriors, two fighters who have come from the amateur system in the UK, and have taken the world by storm.

"We’ll get it on in Britain. Don’t worry about age, boxing politics, don’t worry about the American dollar. This is a British UK fight which can happen at Wembley, Tottenham, the O2, York Hall.

"I look at it less as a mega-fight for the world and more from the point of view that we are guys who first met in Finchley ABC. It is a grassroots fight."

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Joshua now faces a stern test against Oleksandr Usyk instead, as he defends his unified titles at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next weekend.

And he remains focussed on the task in-hand despite undisputed links, labelling the contest as a "fatigue on the brain".

‘Talent-wise I love the challenge of this guy because he has done well and he wants it," Joshua continued. "He is a God-fearing man, very religious, comes from a lineage of great champions like Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, Vasyl Lomachenko.

"He puts the effort in and gets results.

"Yeah, he’s passionate and dedicated to his cause, which makes him a confident person. He likes to have laughs, and has fun with his work. I have seen mad people and he isn’t a mad person. He is just fun. He is having fun because he knows what he is doing.

"I wish the fight was tomorrow, because it’s fatigue on the brain, fatigue on the body, staying consistent for such a long period of time during camp. But I am a professional, dedicated to this cause. This is me. I am a fighter."

The 31-year-old has recently recalled his own disappointment when the fight with Fury was cancelled, despite being immediately offered the Usyk clash.

And it may not be his domestic rival next if he is defeated, with the "Andy Ruiz clause" for a rematch agreed in the contract.

Chris Eubank Jr has predicted that Joshua will be "too strong" for Usyk however, and will progress on to the task ahead in Fury.