In the thrill of the Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury mania, it seemed as though another heavyweight king had been forgotten about.
Anthony Joshua, however, is keen to remind everyone that, it’s still the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight champion who the world should be talking about.
With Wilder and Fury fighting to a split decision draw in their WBC heavyweight title classic last week, attention now turns to what’s next for the pair, and the odd man out, Anthony Joshua.
The World Boxing Council had released a statement outlining that they had officially sanctioned a rematch which looks like the most likely next move atop the heavyweight division however, Joshua was keen to point out that he has his eyes set on a unification bout with the Bronze Bomber.
Speaking on ESPN’s First Take, Joshua outlined to Max Kellerman that he has both a date and a venue set aside for a potential showdown with Wilder.
“As I said, I’m willing to fight Deontay Wilder,” began Joshua.
“April 13th in London. I don’t know what more I have to do to get that message across. He’s more interested in fighting Tyson Fury but he doesn’t have a world title.”
“I can’t control what Deontay Wilder does, I can’t control what Tyson Fury does or even as far as what they say, but what I can control is what I say and what I’m doing.
“I made sure with the negotiations. I set the date in advance, I booked the venue in advance and I’ll make the point clear to everyone watching, I’m willing to fight any one of these guys especially the champion Deontay Wilder on April 13th in Wembley.”
— First Take (@FirstTake) December 13, 2018
A bout with Wilder would no doubt be a massive showdown for the heavyweight division however, Joshua also explained that he was more interested in the Bronze Bomber over a potential clash with Tyson Fury.
“I’m not interested in Tyson Fury because he’s not the champion.
“If that’s a bout that the world is interested in then Fury can step in but I want to fight the champion. I’m leading the pack. I’ve been doing that since my debut. Five years in, seven title defences and I’m running the game. I mean business.”
You can see the full interview with ESPN here.