Regarding his position in world boxing, Joshua told Sky Sports News: “I do understand now, I have to play the game, if I want to create a legacy.
“I think I understand now, everything I have to gain and everything I have to lose. I’ve never played a role. But look at the likes of Muhammad Ali, who became a sporting icon.
“Before I was happy to just be a part of boxing, and felt wherever I get to, it was always better than where I started. I never had a minute to reflect. But now I want to stamp my mark and my legacy, and be among the likes of Federer.
“If I want to be considered like these guys, I have to carry myself the right way.
“I want to be like the Ronaldos, Messis, Federers who compete with Nadal, Murray. That’s where I want to take boxing.
“There’s a lot of clowns in my industry, jealousy and negativity. I swerve them.”
Joshua, who collected an Olympic gold medal in 2012, said of Fury: “It is a fight I would like to see but the ball’s in his court – he has to get fit.
“When he’s ready, we’ll open the doors, and if he walks through, we’ll welcome him.”