Anthony Joshua has hit out at Deontay Wilder who claimed that WBA, WBO and IBF champion did not want to fight him and revealed he’s ready to either him or Tyson Fury next.
Joshua, 29, and Deontey Wilder have found it difficult to agree for a unification bout and the two unbeaten champions have trade words while accusing each other of not wanting the fight to happen.
While speaking on ESPN’s First Take Joshua said he’s ready to fight any of the two heavyweight gladiators but he can’t their control actions and interest in the fight.
“He [Wilder] is saying I won’t fight him but, as I’ve said, I’m willing to fight Deontay Wilder on April 13 in London, so I don’t know what more I have to do to get that message across,” Joshua told ESPN.
“I can’t control what Deontay Wilder does, I can’t control what Tyson Fury does or even as far as what they say. What I can do is control what I say and what I’m doing,” Joshua said.
“I made sure with the negotiations, I booked the date in advance, set the venue in advance and I’m making my point clear in front of everyone watching: I’m willing to fight any one of these guys, especially the champion Deontay Wilder. On April 13 at Wembley [Stadium]. What more can I say?.”
On fighting unbeaten Fury , who is fondling called the lineal heavyweight champion after his victory over former WBA-WBO-IBF and IBO title holder Wladimir Klitschko in Germany on November 2015, Joshua said he’s the biggest name in the business and dismissed the importance of ‘lineal champion’ tag given to Fury.
“When I was joining the heavyweight ranks, nobody told me about [being] lineal champion,” Joshua said. “I knew about the WBC, IBO, IBF, WBA and WBO [belts] and I’ve got my hands on four of them. So where has lineal popped up out of the woodwork from?
“But if I’ve got to get my hands on that too and that’s the belt the world’s interested in, Fury can step in if he’s serious. That’s where I’m coming from, I want to fight the champions. I’m the one leading the pack, I’ve been doing that since I made my debut.
“Five years in, seven world title defenses and I’m running the game — I mean business. I don’t know what more I have to do to get that message across to the world.”