Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have both got what they wanted - a response from Anthony Joshua.
Both heavyweights have spent the past couple of weeks calling out the British champion - on social media and in interviews - and Joshua has responded to both.
The WBA (Super), IBF and IBO champion responded to Fury’s recent claims that he would defeat Joshua “inside 8 rounds” by admitting he wants to challenge the Gypsy King.
But Fury is currently mired in a battle over his boxing license with UK Anti-Doping and the British Boxing Board of Control.
Right now, Wilder is in a better position to face Joshua than Fury is.
The American retained his WBC heavyweight title with a thumping first-round win over Bermane Stiverne on Saturday night and immediately went about calling Joshua out.
Wilder believes Joshua is ducking him
Wilder took to Instagram late on Monday to tell Joshua to stop ducking him and put his belts on the line.
“There's no need to talk about next year or the year after that or 2020 - 2018 is what you should be worried about,” Wilder said.
“You said if the people want it then you want it. Well, the people want it. Do you? Or do y'all have some hidden agendas? Are y'all hiding anything?”
Joshua has replied to Wilder
Joshua responded by saying his promoter, Eddie Hearn, is doing all he can to arrange the bout - but Wilder and his team must be prepared to accept his terms.
“I'm serious about becoming undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,” he told the Press Association. “We're just making sure that a lot of these guys who are making noise will back up what they're saying.
“But if Wilder's not making an offer we'll do it on my terms. Present him with an offer, and see how they feel about that offer.
“That only goes to the champions: Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker. It's the same situation to both of them.”
Joshua continued by pointing out that Wilder, for all his comments on social media, is still yet to make an offer to him.
“It's no problem if Wilder wants to fight early next year, but no offers have been made to me,” he added. “There has never been an offer. Everyone says they want to fight, and then sits back and waits for me to do all the homework.
“What we then have to do - which Eddie's doing - is fly out to the United States to make time.”
So, Joshua has put to bed any ideas that he is avoiding Wilder.
You can read Joshua's full comments on Fury by clicking HERE.
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