Three-belt world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua wants to fight WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder, but is not interested in Tyson Fury, who fought Wilder to a controversial split draw at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Dec. 1.
Joshua (22-0, 21 KO's) is slated to return to the ring on April 13th at Wembley Stadium in London. However, the winner of the rematch Dereck Chisora vs. Dillian Whyte is reportedly the frontrunner, not Wilder.
The 2012 Olympic gold medalist is coming off a seventh-round KO of WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in September, but told ESPN that a Fury fight is not of any interest to him.
"I am not interested in Tyson Fury though because he's not the champion," Joshua told First Take. "I want to fight the champion; I'm the one leading the pack, I've been doing that since my debut. Five years in, seven world title defenses and I am running the game. I mean business. I don’t know what more I have to do to get that message across to the world.
Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KO's) and Fury (27-0-1, 19 KO's) are likely to fight again before Joshua gets his opportunity. Both fighters had a rematch clause written into their contracts ahead of their Dec. 1 fight, and the WBC voted unanimously in favor of sanctioning a sequel last week.
There have been discussions in the past for a Wilder vs. Joshua unification fight - but the two sides could not come to an agreement on financial terms.
"As I’ve said, I’m willing to fight Deontay Wilder on April 13th in London, so I don’t know what more I have to do to get that message across. He’s more interested in fighting Tyson Fury. Tyson Fury holds no world titles."