Anthony Joshua escaped the Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder hype as he delivered a punchline which had the king of his ancestral homeland in stitches.
The world champ laughed and joked as he chatted with Oba Adewale Ajayi, the king of the Remo kingdom in Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Joshua, whose dad is from the region, visited the royal palace with his son Joseph “JJ” Joshua, four.
The symbolic trip came after he registered for a national ID card in the Nigerian capital Abuja.
AJ was swamped by fans in Sagamu, with many desperate to grab a selfie with the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight king.
But his two main rivals in the division are preparing to face off in their eagerly-anticipated rematch on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Fury and Wilder fought to a draw in December 2018 and both men are adamant they will win by knockout as they each put their unbeaten records on the line once again.
Joshua says a Wilder victory would be better for him, but he thinks Fury can return home with the American’s WBC strap.
“Wilder coming through is better because [a fight with me] is what people have been eagerly anticipating,” he told Sky Sports.
“But I think Fury can win. For Wilder to win he has to knock Fury completely out, and he couldn’t do that the first time.
“For Fury to win, he can hurt Wilder or out-box him. Fury has more to his arsenal so that’s why I’m leaning to him.
“Fury can punch a bit. He’s underestimated with his punching power which makes him dangerous. If you underestimate someone it makes them dangerous because you don’t respect them until you get hit.
“Fury is a really good boxer, to a certain degree, so he has the upper hand. Wilder isn’t the best of boxers but he has a right hand – if you can avoid that, you have the beating of him.
“Good luck to Fury – it would be great to have two heavyweight champions here in England.”