Anthony Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles, says he’s ready for the challenge from either WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder or lineal champion Tyson Fury. Wilder and Fury fought to a draw in a big fight on Saturday in Los Angeles.
What took this fool so long? Like we ain’t been interested?!! Anyway well done Fury! they wanted to get you because they assumed you was finished!! I’ll give you a fair one when your ready! Either one of you! https://t.co/RlytsIrnud— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) December 4, 2018
Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KO) and Fury (27-0-1, 19 KO) have stolen a lot of the heavyweight thunder for themselves after their big fight this past weekend, with the two getting a ton of publicity out of the fight, which seems to have been a big hit with both American and British audiences.
That leaves Joshua (22-0, 21 KO) somewhat on the outside looking in at the moment, which of course will change when he fights again on April 13 at Wembley Stadium. Joshua is coming off of a September victory over Alexander Povetkin, a legitimate contender, and at this point, he seems likely to face the winner of the Dec. 22 fight between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora, though there are other names in play, and Wilder and Fury have both been mentioned, even if it’s more likely they go to a rematch.
You have to credit Joshua, though — he knows the score here, knows that Wilder and Fury got their names in the headlines, and he’s trying to dip in and remind people that he still exists as one of the top heavyweights in the world, while he’s not fighting at this very moment. It’s smart, and again, the news cycle will turn over as soon as he names an opponent — no matter who it is — and of course during his fight week in April.