Amir Khan has warned Anthony Joshua to "keep away from Tyson Fury " after talks regarding an All-British fight collapsed.
The two heavyweights have long been embroiled in a rivalry but are yet to square off in the ring.
It looked as if the boxing world was finally going to get its wish as talks were held over a unification bout, but Fury was ordered to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time.
It resulted in a huge backlash from Joshua's camp who took aim at Fury and his team.
The Gypsy King, who has battled problems in his personal life, beat Wilder in February 2020 and is seen as a genuine threat to Joshua, with many even giving him the upper hand.
And as a result Khan has urged Joshua not to pursue a fight against his compatriot.
When discussing Joshua, Khan told the Last Stand Podcast: “He’s a beast, heavyweight champion.
“But a lot of people say, ‘Is he gonna beat Tyson Fury?’ I think that could be one of the hardest fights he ever has.
“If I was Anthony Joshua, I’d keep away from Tyson Fury.”
Ed Hearn, Joshua's promoter, has thrown the fight into doubt recently claiming it could never happen.
Fury is tied up with Wilder and a win for the American on July 24 could reshape the division.
Joshua meanwhile will now face Oleksandr Usyk, who is looking to make a name for himself as a heavyweight, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September.
Hearn has doubts over whether Fury is genuinely invested in fighting Joshua but admits, if the fighters win their respective bouts in the coming months, the contest will be back on the cards.
"He never felt they wanted the fight, he never felt like Fury wanted it," Hearn said.
"AJ, in his head, probably thinks the fight will never happen. I would like to be more hopeful and I think it will happen.
"If AJ knocks out Usyk and Fury knocks out Wilder then, in four months' time, we are talking about an even bigger fight.
"One could lose or look bad but I do get the feeling if they both win then the fight is huge. I am hoping it works out for the best."
Joshua didn't miss the opportunity to hit out at Fury when talks regarding their fight went south.
He said on Twitter : "Tyson Fury, the world now sees you for the fraud you are.
"You’ve let boxing down! You lied to the fans and led them on. Used my name for clout not a fight.
"Bring me any championship fighter who can handle their business correctly."
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