Reigning British and Commonwealth Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has said he would like more time before facing newly crowned, world champion Tyson Fury.
Joshua claimed the vacant British heavyweight crown and retained his Commonwealth title in style with a brutal knock-out against bitter rival Dillian Whyte in the seventh round in his last fight.
Attention has now turned to his next opponent, with several big names being touted for a potential bout. Both Dereck Chisora and recently returned ex-champion David Haye have stated their interest in fighting the 26-year-old.
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The biggest name to be linked with a potential fight, however, is that of Tyson Fury, whose victory on points against Wladimir Klitschko last month remains one of the greatest shocks of this year's sporting season.
Despite the chance to claim Fury's newly acquired world-titles however, Joshua has said he is not looking for an immediate fight and is prepared to wait.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Joshua said: "I'd like to say 18 months as time is a virtue. Experience is key for me right now so the next 12 months will be building".
"I'll take my time, bide my time, watch the division. I am a work in progress and once I get a crack at these boys they best run scared because when I come I'll be coming with force."
Although a bout with Chisora initially looked the most likely to be Joshua's next step to greatness, the latter has cast doubt on the chances of that fight happening now.
"There's nothing wrong with fighting Dereck Chisora, but I don't think that's the route we will be going."
Joshua stated that he is looking to add the European title, currently held by Finnish boxer Robert Helenius, to the British and Commonwealth titles he already holds.