Anthony Joshua says he wants to get the “message across” to Deontay Wilder he is ready and willing to fight the American in London in the spring.
Joshua currently holds the IBF, WBO and WBA belts and any bout between the two would unify the heavyweight division. Wilder accused Joshua of
“begging” for a fight earlier this week and the Briton has responded by suggesting the American is more concerned with a rematch against title-less Tyson Fury.
A rematch between Fury and Wilder has been touted following their controversial draw in Los Angeles this month and, while Joshua has previously hinted he’d be willing to fight Fury down the line, for now he wants the unification bout.
“I’m not interested in Tyson Fury – he’s not the champion,” Joshua told ESPN.
“I’m willing to fight Deontay Wilder on April 13 in London. I don’t know what more I need to do to get that message across. He’s more interested in fighting Tyson Fury. Fury holds no world titles.”
Negotiations between the Wilder and Joshua camps are seemingly ongoing and the latter says he’s “running the game” in the heavyweight division.
“I’m the one leading the pack since I made my debut. Five years in, several title defences and I’m running the game,” Joshua added.
“I mean business. I don’t know what more I need to do to get that message across to the world. I can handle my business and I’m willing to do that in the ring.”