Single heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua has told Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder a fight with him “must happen in 2020” as the same goal and the four big bands.
Joshua won the IBF, WBA and WBO titles from Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia last week, extinguishing the shock defeat at Madison Square Garden six months earlier.
The only strap not belonging to Joshua’s collection is the WBC title that Wilder has held since 2015. Wilder is set to face Fury in a rematch on February 22 and Joshua wants to fight the winner in an undisputed period. .
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“I feel like it’s the Lord of the Rings, the last ring, let’s do it, let’s make history,” he told BBC Radio 2. “It must happen in 2020, we’re in the same division, age, if these guys want to make history – especially Wilder, because he has the last band.
“We made history by becoming a double world champion and I feel we can add to that legacy in 2020.”
Joshua later wrote on Twitter: “Let’s get an ‘unquestionable’ trend! That’s what I want and that’s what people want … I want it bad! I came to take over and not participate!”
Let’s take an unquestionable trend! That’s what I want and that’s what people want ..
I want it badly! I came to take over and not participate!
– Anthony Joshua (@ anhonyfjoshua) December 13, 2019
Ruiz has spoken of his desire for a third fight with Joshua, though his poor performance on the British points wins means it is unlikely.
Instead, Joshua has his sights set on WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk – who stepped up to the heavyweight title earlier this year after becoming an undisputed cruiserweight champion – or IBF equivalent of Kubrat Pulev.
“If I do not fight these guys, I would have to leave my belt and would rather fight to defend them,” Joshua added.