The Gypsy King dethroned decade-long ruler Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 to claim the WBA, WBO and IBF titles but he was swiftly stripped of one belt and relinquished the others to battle depression in 2016.
AJ completed that same set in 2018 after wins over Charles Martin, Klitschko and Joseph Parker and could become the undisputed king if he beats WBC boss Wilder next.
But undefeated Fury, who still celebrates his status of lineal champion, insisted after his incredible draw with the Bronze Bomber that Josh is a paper champion.
And promoter Eddie Hearn says it stung the Watford ace, he said: “I think if it was man on man and there were no belts, Joshua would probably prefer to fight Fury next.
“There’s always been people saying 'oh he was the champ, you won his belts”'and stuff like that so maybe that’s in his head a little. I think that’s maybe something people say.
“Fury beat Klitschko but this lineal thing is quite ridiculous. The lineal championship doesn’t actually exist. It’s a mythical title that people want to use when they don’t have any belts.
“So he’s the man who beat the man, something like that, who failed a drugs test, took two years out and basically refused to train or get in the ring.
“It’s not Josh’s fault – they were available and he won them but I think in the back of his mind, he wants to do a job on Fury as well.
“He wants to do a job on both Fury and Wilder and he’s going to violently do that.”
The WBC has agreed to sanction the Fury vs Wilder rematch next but AJ wants to leap in the mix and land one of those for his Wembley April 13 show.
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren is focussing on the re-run and has been clashing with Eddie’s dad Barry, who founded their Matchroom stable, over the negotiations.
And Eddie has had to tell his 70-year-old father to stop getting involved in the trash talk – no matter how much he loves the boardroom battle.
FURY OPENS UP TALKS WITH AJ
TYSON FURY has opened talks with long-time enemy Eddie Hearn over a battle with Anthony Joshua.
Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed: “Tyson messaged me the other day and I just said ‘well done' – we’ll see what happens.
“I am not revealing what was said but he was alright. He’s always seemed alright with me.
“We’ve always had good conversations outside of the public domain. I just said to him, ‘Fair play, I didn’t think you’d do it, you proved me wrong again’,".
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Golden boy Eddie said: “I told him to keep his mouth shut. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about, he’s not even involved.
“Honestly, he knows nothing about what’s going on, he just loves it.
“He has been telling me how he was rowing with some geezer on Twitter about it.
"I mean what is he doing? What are you doing on Twitter arguing with some geezer?
“We know how we feel about what we want and I think it gets his back up that people think AJ is running from fights.
“It’s the most ridiculous suggestion in the world and AJ is the total boss by the way.”
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