Boxing: Anthony Joshua's victory over Pulev fails to convince doubters, with Tyson Fury looming

Anthony Joshua's emphatic ninth-round knockout of Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev has done little to silence the doubters over his claims on a unified world heavyweight boxing crown in 2021.

Talks will now begin for an all-British showdown between Joshua - who holds the WBA, WBO and IBF titles - and WBC champion Tyson Fury, and the trash talk has already begun. 

About 1000 fans permitted at London’s Wembley Arena were adamant the eagerly anticipated encounter must come sooner, not later - but despite his claims of "more action, less talk", Joshua was not so decisive.

"It's not about the opponent, it's about the legacy and the belt, whoever's got the belt," he insists. "I'd love to compete with them. 

"If that is Tyson Fury, let it be Tyson Fury." 

Convinced? Fury isn't. 

"Well, there you go, everyone," he's posted on social media. "Anthony Joshua just shit himself live on television.

"He got asked did he want the fight, and he went around the bushes and put his arse in the hedge. 

"I want the fight, I want the fight next. I'll knock him out inside three rounds." 

Joshua obviously holds no fears for his rival and despite dispensing with Pulev, he's done little to convince Fury's legendary promoter, Bob Arum, who didn't rate the performance. 

"He was a little bit better than ordinary," says Arum. "I mean, that's the truth - I'm not going to sugarcoat it." 

Talks for Joshua v Fury will officially begin on Monday (NZ time), but Arum reveals the framework is already in place for a two-fight deal. 

So, who wins? 

"Fury wins that fight," insists Kiwi heavyweight contender Joseph Parker. "I just think he's a very smart boxer and can fight, and he showed it in his last fight." 

Boxing fans may not have to wait much longer to find out.