Anthony Joshua has declared that he is hoping Tyson Fury will beat Deontay Wilder and bring his WBC world title back to the UK.
The unified belt-holder exclusively told talkSPORT about his ideal scenario in which a colossal all-British showdown between him and Fury could be made next April for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world.
When asked on Hawksbee and Jacobs for his opinion about Wilder v Fury being made, Joshua responded: “Good luck to them both… they’ve done well to get that fight underway.
“I’ve tried to work with both of them to get fights done, so it’s good that they could finally pull their fingers out and get a fight done. They both need it, boxing needs it.
“I’ll be watching closely and hopefully it sets me up for a major fight with one of these two because they’re big names in the division.”
Without further provocation, Joshua continued his answer, delving deeper into the current state of British boxing which is led by himself as WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion.
The only belt he doesn’t currently own (the WBC) is held by Wilder, though that could soon change should Tyson Fury upset the champion when they meet in December (date/venue TBC).
“It’s a great time to be involved in British boxing,” added Joshua
“It’s a long time since we had this type of respect that we do right now so we’re just trying to keep it here.
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“Fury’s flying overseas to keep that name afloat. I’m defending my titles here to keep that name afloat.
“Hopefully we bring the belts back- Well, Fury brings the belt back and we have a massive showdown in April.”
AJ quickly covered both bases however, by stating that he wants to fight the winner regardless of who it is.
“Or, if Wilder does it, he can come over here and have a massive showdown,” Joshua concluded.
Anthony Joshua is set to face mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin on September 22, live on talkSPORT.