World heavyweight king Anthony Joshua admitted Tyson Fury is in his future plans despite focusing all his attention on securing the final title currently out of his possession.
The 27 year-old is about to make an offer to WBC champion Deontay Wilder as Fury remains firmly on the shelf without a fight date to speak of, despite numerous promises of a comeback.
Asked about Fury’s comments that he was still the number one on the back of a unification with over Joseph Parker, Joshua refused to consider the ex-ruler until he shakes off the ring rust.
"There is no denying Tyson knows how to box. He is a good boxer,” Joshua told Sky Sports News regarding his rival, who is without a fight since November 2015.
"But until he makes his return to the ring, I cannot sit down and wait patiently at home for Tyson Fury's return. I have a career and goals I want to achieve so I am focusing on what I am doing.
"When he gets himself together.... boxing fans are awaiting his return.
"He has to get himself back in action and worry about what he is doing, rather than sitting at home commentating on my fights.
"He should be getting a bit of motivation and hunger back in the belly to get training and get back in the ring because realistically, people don't want to see a commentator.
“They want to see a fighter fight,” he added.
As Fury continues preparations for his return to action, Joshua is eyeing a massive Wembley battle with Wilder in the summer before a rematch in Las Vegas at the end of 2018.
‘AJ’ is planning to hold all five world championships by the end of this year before embarking on mandatories against Alexander Povetkin and the winner of Dillian Whyte v Kubrat Pulev in 2019.
Watch Joshua’s interview with Sky Sports News here