ANTHONY JOSHUA is champing at the bit to face Tyson Fury, who he plans to 'absolutely demolish' in their undisputed heavyweight title fight.
Unified heavyweight king Joshua is set to finally get his hands on his fellow Brit on August 14 in Saudi Arabia.
Fury, 32, has been doing plenty of trash-talking on social media in the build-up to the fight, something Joshua has refrained from.
But promoter Eddie Hearn insists the antics have only served to further motivate AJ, telling Sky Sports: "You will get a different AJ in this build-up.
"He's excited because he's never really, apart from the Dillian Whyte fight, been in a trash talk environment. He will enjoy it.
"AJ has got the bit between his teeth, goading him a bit.
"I'm sure these two DM each other, goading each other. I get DMs from Fury – sometimes pleasant, sometimes unpleasant!
"When the announcement comes and the press conferences start, the pleasantries will go away and it will become personal.
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"It doesn't matter who respects who. Both sides are desperate to win because this is everything.
"There are no fun and games. It's 'them and us'.
"AJ will go to war with Fury. He has plans to absolutely demolish him. That's what I believe he will do.
"In the meantime we will go through the build-up, which will be a lot of fun, before the biggest event of 2021."
A venue for the long-awaited Battle of Britain has yet to be finalised, although the Saudis plan to erect a stadium similar to the one they built for Joshua's 2019 rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.
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He said: "They want to build a new stadium. They have indoors options.
"In August at 11pm it will be about 23 degrees.
"They want to create something very, very special. Last time they built a stadium for the Andy Ruiz Jr fight in just seven weeks and it held 18,000.
"This will be a similar set-up.
"They have the opportunity to hold it indoors but they want to create something that will shock the world. They want to build a stadium just for this fight."
Fury's constant attempts to goad him have seemingly irked Joshua, who tweeted earlier this month: “'Spartan.'
"I’m tired. My fans are tired. Your fans are tired. We’re all tired of the talk. Less talk. More action!"
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