Fury has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to win the WBA, IBF and WBO belts, a result that shocked boxing and revitalized the heavyweight division.
Joshua profited heavily from the stripping of Tyson Fury, with the lost belts being made vacant.
If negotiations for this fight have contained this many verbal jabs, you can assume an actual bout - if one can even be agreed - will pack a knockout punch. Briggs, like Fury, has been inactive - he last fought in May of 2016 - and, like Fury, he is a former lineal heavyweight champion (a distinction he held for only five months).
Tyson Fury has agreed to a promotional agreement with hall of fame promoter Frank Warren.
Joshua, meanwhile, seems likely to face at least Alexander Povetkin and WBC champion Deontay Wilder before a guaranteed Wembley sell-out with Fury comes to fruition.
After several more questions which Fury again refused to answer, he then stated: 'I'm a boxer, I'm not interested in politics or anything else'. "We all saw the Joseph Parker fight, anyone who moves he struggles with", said Fury. However, they were not charged by UKAD until June 2016, by which time Fury had beaten Klitschko.
"I'd outbox him for a few rounds then I'd knock him out".
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"Before I was a boxer, but with the trials and tribulations I'm a real person", Fury said.
But for those fearing the mischievous Fury of old might be consigned to his first boxing career pre the briefest of retirements in July and his two-and-a-half year sabbatical, he is still very much there: those eyes as roguish as ever.
An opponent for Fury has not officially been announced, but the self-styled Gypsy King appears ready for battle.
The 29-year-old will now set his sights on winning back the heavyweight titles from current champion and British rival Anthony Joshua.
"He needs to get himself fighting fit".
"I needed a new spark and someone with the passion to achieve big goals".
"He should be getting a bit of motivation and hunger back in the belly to get training and get back in the ring because realistically, people don't want to see a commentator". The ones who are scared to step up talk a good game, but don't back it up so I get bored of it'.