Tyson Fury’s performance against Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles on Saturday night was very good for boxing.
Had the Gypsy King been knocked out in the early stages of the contest, any hope of an all-British duel between Fury and Anthony Joshua in 2019 would have been put to bed.
But Fury produced an excellent performance, frustrating Wilder with his slick movement, and there’s now no way Joshua can ignore him.
Eddie Hearn has already confirmed that the main aim for Joshua next year is to fight Wilder.
Fury now factors into the equation, though. There will be too much demand to see the two Brits go head-to-head - even more so if Fury wins in a potential rematch with Wilder.
According to the American’s co-manager Shelly Finkel, Wilder is also ‘very interested’ in a fight against Joshua.
"If he wants to be professional and keep it in a private discussion, I'm open to it,” Finkel told Sky Sports.
Joshua tweets his response
Negotiations between the two camps broke down earlier in the year but there is now a hope that they can continue and we get to see all the heavyweight belts put on the line in 2019.
Joshua appears to be up for it. He’s reacted to Finkel’s comments on Twitter, insisting that he’s always been keen to fight Wilder.
There was also an offer to fight Fury in Joshua’s tweet.
“What took this fool so long? Like we ain’t been interested?!! 🙄,” the 29-year-old said.
“Anyway well done Fury! They wanted to get you because they assumed you was finished!! I’ll give you a fair one when you're ready! Either one of you!”
Interesting. Of course, Fury called Joshua out after his draw against Wilder, labelling the 2012 Olympic gold medallist a chicken.
Yet boxing fans aren't entirely convinced that Joshua genuinely wants to fight either of the two heavyweights, having seen a fight with Wilder already fall through.
Boxing has three brilliant heavyweights and now it's time to see who really is the best.
Joshua has the IBF, WBA ‘super’, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts that Wilder is seeking.
The American, meanwhile, holds the WBC title that Joshua needs to become the undisputed champion.
Fury? He already knows what it’s like to be at the top of the division - and he wants that feeling once again.