Anthony Joshua has cupping therapy ahead of Pulev bout as Tyson Fury says 'put your nuts in your handbag and fight'

ANTHONY JOSHUA is having more cupping treatment after once again been called out by Tyson Fury.

The pair revealed they had "agreed" two fights for 2021 – but there appears to be lots to do with financial negotiations and getting dates sorted.

Joshua, who was ringside on Saturday to watch Dillian Whyte's shock KO lost to Alexander Povetkin, uploaded a clip to his Instagram Stories showing him laid down undergoing the therapy.

Joshua has used cupping many times before in his career and often shares photos of it on his social media.

During the treatment, a therapist puts special cups on their client's skin and leaves them on for a few minutes – to create suction.

When done properly, it has many benefits – including helping to ease pain and inflammation; increase blood flow, relaxation and well-being; aid detox; and provide a deep-tissue massage.

Joshua is scheduled to defend his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles against Kubrat Pulev in December.

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Cupping may be trending at the moment, but the therapy can be traced back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Middle Eastern times.

Records show the Ancient Egyptians were practising cupping as early as 1550 BC.

During the treatment, a therapist puts special cups on their client's skin and leaves them on for a few minutes – to create suction.

When done properly, it has many benefits – including helping to ease pain and inflammation; increase blood flow, relaxation and well-being; aid detox; and provide a deep-tissue massage.

The cups are made from glass, bamboo, earthenware or silicone – and can be either wet or dry.

Traditionally, the therapist would put a flammable substance – such as alcohol, herbs or paper – in the cup, and set it on fire.

As the flames go out, the cup is placed on the client's skin and left there for up to three minutes – creating a vacuum as it cools.

This causes the skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand.

He will be hoping to avoid any shock defeta to hopefully set up the Battle of Britain against Fury.

But the Gypsy King has the small matter of the trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder to sort out.

Furybattered the American in February to become WBC champ with Wilder involing the rematch clasue.

But bicep surgery and the coronavirus pandemic halting boxing has delayed that happening.

Speaking to BT Sport about the potential showdown against Joshua, Fury said: "Eddie Hearn was trying to protect Joshua, trying to put a hurdle in the way with Whyte.

"The biggest fight out there now is me and Joshua, so let's make it happen.

"Stop running away, stop making excuses, put your nuts in your handbag and let's fight.

"All these boxers, Joshua, Whyte, Chisora, Povetkin. All around the same level. They can take each other out.

"As for Whyte getting knocked out – regroup, back to the drawing board. It just shows what level they're at. Povetkin is 40 years old."

Povetkin won the WBC Diamond belt for his stunning fifth-round KO of Whyte on Saturday.

But Fury seems intent on setting up the mouthwatering AJ scrap as priority over a title defence against the Russian.

And Fury's US promoter Bob Arum says that fight will take place ‘without any obstacles’ if AJ beats Pulev and Gypsy King downs Wilder.

Perfect way to start the day. Good food followed by a deep tissue massage – intense stretch & cupping to finish the healing process. Im trying to stay ahead of the competition one way or another. Thank you @mixedmassage 🇬🇧 www.ajboxing.com 🇬🇧

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