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Anthony Joshua says a fight with Tyson Fury is 'part of God's plan in my life'

Anthony Joshua has said a match with Tyson Fury "is part of God's plan in my life".

The 34-year-old said he believes he is "at the top" of heavyweight boxing.

"I never left," Joshua told Sky News. "I'll always be, from the minute I lace up these gloves 'till now.

"I've managed to keep my name at the top of the amateur scene and the professional scene. It's just the truth. Just how it is. And I think it'll be that way until I don't want to fight anymore."

The two-time world champion said "God has his plans" when asked if he thought he would ever fight Tyson Fury. "And I'm sure Tyson Fury is part of God's plan in my life."

Joshua said he hoped he would be able to fight again in the UK soon. "Maybe the fight after this one," he said.

"We'll probably make a return to the UK because especially at Riyadh, the season will be done. So yeah, we'll have a good window where we can get some fights in in the UK, possibly."

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Asked if belts still matter, he said: "You will never know what it's like and what it feels like to be a champion until you become one.

"And for me, belts will always matter because it's something that you set your goals out to achieve as a little kid.

"And if you're like a tennis fan, you win a trophy, if you're a footballer you win a trophy, boxing you win a title, it's quite similar across all sports it's like, what's the prize at the end?

"And I think boxing will always, even though we want to see the fights, the title in boxing will always be prestige."

Joshua will fight former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia on 8 March.