Anthony Joshua is scheduled to fight again on April 13 at Wembley Stadium, in what is sure to be another sell-out crowd in support of the British heavyweight boxing sensation.
Tickets are already on sale, and AJ has been constantly promoting this to anyone who will listen about how excited he is for this mystical bout.
The only question that remains to be answered is quite an important one: Who will AJ face at Wembley on April 13?
Fans are calling for Joshua to step into the ring with Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury, with Eddie Hearn and Joshua so far unable to set up a fight between either of these two.
Discussions have taken place before between Wilder’s representatives and Hearn, but were unsuccessful, leaving the Bronze Bomber to take on a returning Fury in a fight that encapsulated fans around the world.
It now appears that Joshua now has his heart set on a fight against Wilder, and spoke at length to First Take TV about the situation he finds himself in.
When talking to First Take TV, Joshua explained: “As I’ve said, I’m willing to fight Deontay Wilder, April 13th in London. I don’t know what more I have to do to get that message across.
“He’s more interested in fighting Tyson Fury. Tyson Fury holds no world titles.
“I can’t control what Deontay Wilder does, I can’t control what Tyson Fury does, or even as far as what they say. But what I can do is control what I say and what I’m doing.
“I’ve made sure with the negotiations, I’ve booked the date in advance, I’ve set the venue in advance and I’m making my point clear in front of everyone watching I’m willing to fight anyone of these guys, especially the champion Deontay Wilder, April 13 at Wembley.”
These are strong claims from the heavyweight champion, and it seems that after witnessing the Fury vs. Wilder fight on December 1, that Joshua has now been given an extra drive to get in the ring with either fighter.
Whether Eddie Hearn will sanction the fight for his golden boy to face one of these dangerous competitors remains to be seen, but in a bid to not be forgotten and left behind by the Bronze Bomber and the Gypsy King, Joshua is seemingly determined to fight Wilder at Wembley next year.
When pressed on Tyson Fury and any interest in fighting him, Joshua claimed he is not interested in Tyson Fury as he is not the champion.
“I’m not interested in Tyson Fury, though. He’s not a champion,” explained Joshua when the reporter claimed that Fury is the ‘lineal’ champion.
“That lineal status, when I was joining the heavyweight ranks nobody told me about that lineal championship.
“They told me about WBC, IBO, IBF, WBA and WBO, and I’ve got my hands on four of them, so I don’t know where this lineal just popped out the woodworks from.
“But if I’ve gotta get my hands of that one too, and that’s a belt that the worlds interested in, Fury can step in if he’s serious. That’s where I’m coming from I wanna fight the champions.
“I’m the one leading the pack, I’ve been doing that since I made my debut. [I’m] Five years in, seven world title defences and I’m running the game, I mean business and I don’t know what more I have to do to get that message across.”
It seems that Anthony Joshua is focused on his next fight, and is finally determined for it to be Wilder or Fury.
It also appears he may be slightly rattled after the latter’s fight on December 1, and feels he needs to fight them to stay appropriate in the heavyweight division.
One way or another, it seems we will finally get to see Wilder and/or Fury face off with Joshua next year, in what promises to be a stand-out year for heavyweight boxing.