Anthony Joshua took time out from his latest war of words with Tyson Fury by playing beach volleyball in Dubai.

The IBF, WBA and IBO champion, who told fellow heavyweight Fury to ‘get fit’ on Thursday, looked happy and relaxed in the doubles game.

The British fighter captioned the post with “Readying myself for @dubaifitnesschallenge”.

Joshua’s hopes of challenging for another world heavyweight title moved a step closer after his promoter Eddie Hearn insisted a bout with Deontay Wilder “must get made in 2018”.

It came as Joshua called out WBC champion Wilder, as well as WBO titlist Joseph Parker and British rival Fury, on social media.