WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belt holder Anthony Joshua has revealed that once he has boxed his way past Jarrell Miller, he will then fancy a bout with Cuban Luis Ortiz.
Joshua fights Miller on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Despite Ortiz not being the fight that all the boxing fans have been hoping for, it might be the most achievable for Eddie Hearn and Joshua's team.
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder need to fight their rematch following their 12-round slug-fest in December that concluded as a draw before either of them can look to Joshua.
However, the fight could now be in trouble after Fury signed a huge $80 million promotional deal with Top Rank and ESPN which could delay things.
Anthony Joshua also preferred a rematch of his own rather than the Jarrell Miller match-up that he had to settle for.
It is believed that the British boxer wanted to face-off again with number one contender Dillian Whyte at Wembley in April, but Whyte ended up refusing the terms that Eddie Hearn put on the table.
The refusal led to Joshua making his way across the Atlantic to open his American market with the fight against Miller.
And as Joshua tours the US promoting the fight, he revealed how he hopes the fight in June could lead him to Luis Ortiz.
“It’s a power move, as well as a passionate move for the love of the sport,” Joshua said on the radio show The Breakfast Club, as per Ring News 24.
“Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder were talking about blacklisting me, they don’t really want me to be leading the pack in terms of negotiations, which is weird to me because there’s enough for everybody to eat.
“Once I get Big Baby out of the way, I can look directly at Luis Ortiz. That’s the next guy I feel [I’ll fight], once I’ve broken the US market.”
Recognising that he needs the market to take on a slightly more unknown name in Ortiz, Anthony Joshua will look to be 24-0 by the end of 2019.
And if he can squeeze Fury or Wilder in as well, we don't think you’d hear anyone complaining.News Now - Sport News