Anthony Joshua has revealed his renewed interest in a “massive” British battle with Tyson Fury, but admits he will have to wait for WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
Britain’s unified heavyweight champion is set to make a decision this weekend about an opponent for his next title defence, which could be staged either at Wembley in April, or New York in May or June.
AJ to make ‘big decisions’ at weekend
A rematch with Dillian Whyte or a US debut against Jarrell Miller are among his options, while Joshua has also admitted that he hopes Fury is part of his future plans.
Asked about Fury, he told The Graham Norton Show: “That would be massive. I would love to.
“The fight that Wilder and Fury had, I felt that Fury won, so it would be amazing to have two British heavyweights and we would be combining the belts up.
“In the eyes of a lot of people, Fury is a champion as such.
Wilder has been ordered to agree a rematch with Fury after retaining his WBC belt in a split decision draw in December.
Joshua praised Fury’s performance after he returned from a lengthy break from the sport last year, insisting that Wilder should have suffered defeat after underestimating his British rival.
“Three years is a long time to take out and I think it was a good name, but he must have thought it was an easy fight, because he thought he was getting him when he was a bit cold,” said Joshua.
“Tyson Fury is very talented, very skilled and showed that to the world when he boxed him, so it ended in a draw.”
Negotiations over a fight between Joshua and Wilder have broken down again, with the WBA ‘super’ IBF and WBO title holder accepting that he needs to take an alternative fight.
“He’s got other options in the States that he’s interested in fighting, but my view is that I’ve got four, you’ve got the last one,” he said. “Like ‘Lord of the Rings’, let’s combine them together.
“You can fight in front of the biggest audience, the best UK crowd there is, and fight for the heavyweight championship of the world.
“That’s a great offer, but he’s interested in fighting someone else, so I have to go a different route at the minute.
“We’re playing the waiting game.”