Joshua puts his IBF, WBO and WBA (Super) belts on the line against Usyk (Picture: Getty)

Tyson Fury has warned Anthony Joshua he is taking a huge risk in fighting Oleksandr Usyk.

With their proposed unification showdown off after Deontay Wilder’s success arbitration case, Joshua was left to seek a new opponent this summer.

WBO mandatory challenger Usyk is now expected to fight the 2012 Olympian at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September with Fury vs Wilder III set for 24 July in Las Vegas.

Fury vs Joshua fell through despite assurances from all parties the fight would take place this summer. Fury however has now accused Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn of playing mind games with him with the repeated delays in an attempt to test his mental fortitude.

Fury told The Mail: ‘Even when I gave a deadline they kept dragging it back. Joshua had his winter fight.

Fury to meet Wilder again next month (Picture: Getty_

‘Despite that I still agreed to August 14, even though that would have been me out of the ring for 19 months. They were up to their magic trickery again.

‘How did that work out, gentlemen? I’m fine. I’m back on the Vegas Strip, in the first heavyweight trilogy fight since Holyfield-Bowe and Ali-Frazier before that.

‘They knew all along that the legal arbitration was in process and now they’re left with Joshua stuck between a rock and a hard place.’

Fury went onto add Joshua faces a major banana skin in the undefeated former cruiserweight champion Usyk, who could end hopes of an all-British unification showdown later this year if he gets the win.

‘They’ve done it to themselves. You can see they know that by all the whining in their interviews. I don’t think they fancy the Ukrainian guy [Usyk] the fight he needs in August. And with their DAZN deal it looks now as if that will be their last fight with Joshua.

‘Usyk is a southpaw, clever, technically very good. He’s smaller as a former cruiserweight champion but he handled Derek Chisora, who is physically tougher than Joshua.

‘So while I’m absolutely confident of beating Wilder, I’m not so sure about AJ not losing his fight.’

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