ANTHONY JOSHUA has told Tyson Fury to ‘shut the f*** up’ and fight.
But AJ’s critics are warning the former world heavyweight champion to retire after his sluggish points win over unfancied Jermaine Franklin.
‘Gypsy King’ Fury has used social media to taunt AJ as talks over an all-Brit superfight have broken down twice before.
And AJ, 33, said: “Save all that s***. If we’ll f***ing fight, let’s go.
“Shut the f*** up and that’s just how I feel because I got to save my energy for the fight.
“I’ll be real, I’ll be real. I respect the man. He’s achieved a lot.
“I just feel I don’t need to trash talk, verbally trash talk someone to make myself feel better.”
But British icons Carl Froch and Dillian Whyte are baffled as to why multi-millionaire AJ is still slogging away in mediocre match-ups.
Whyte, who wants a rematch with Joshua in the summer, having lost their 2015 battle, said: “Joshua has lost all his aggression.
“If he doesn’t want to do it any more, I think he should stop.”
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Froch said: “He’s been there, done the business. And now I don’t know. What motivates him?”
Both men have agendas, with AJ axing Froch’s former trainer Rob McCracken in 2021, while Whyte has been a long-term rival.
Joshua dismissed their verbal digs, saying: “They are pure haters. I don’t expect them to like me, I don’t like them either.”