The heavyweight champion is set to face Joseph Parker next up – but one Tyson Fury is well and truly on his radar for 2018 after getting cleared by UKAD recently.

Fury is expected to go before the British Boxing Board of Control in January to apply for his professional boxing license once again.

Not long ago current heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua sent some unusually candid tweets at a number of his rivals, but his interaction with Fury in particular garnered more re-tweets than any.

It’s a huge fight. No doubt about it.

Surely the biggest heavyweight fight that can be made – but Fury must first have at least one comeback fight in the new year before he can make a case for a shot at Joshua’s titles.

Joshua is patiently waiting at the moment for him however. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 he said:

“What we are achieving as heavyweight champions is phenomenal. But for someone (Fury) in my own industry to discredit it, I can’t respect that person.”

Joshua feels that Fury has not given him the credit he deserves for his achievements to this point, in a nutshell.

Contrarily, Fury felt similar not long ago when he was the man at the top of the heavyweight division.

He was very vocal a couple of years back about how the British public in his view did not give him the praise he felt he deserved after beating Wladimir Klitschko.

If its respect and money that both men desire – this fight seems like it will do more for both of them in that regard than any other in 2018.