Anthony Joshua targets Oleksandr Usyk defence after Deontay Wilder fight

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Ahead of his next title defence, against Jarrell Miller on June 1, Anthony Joshua has revealed which two opponents he is looking to clash with next.

Joshua is looking to first finally organise the much anticipated unification fight with American Deontay Wilder, before challenging Oleksandr Usyk, who's moved to heavyweight after retiring Joshua's compatriot Tony Bellew at cruiserweight.

Both men will be fighting in what is an exciting month for heavyweight boxing, with Wilder taking on Dominic Breazeale on May 18, and Usyk debuting at heavyweight against former WBF heavyweight champion Carlos Takam.

Joshua told Sky Sports News: "It's really good because we've got me and Miller, Wilder vs Breazeale, (Tyson) Fury vs (Tom) Schwarz, Dillian Whyte is going to do something, Usyk vs Takam.

"The heavyweight division is alive. It is booming.

"I think it will be class if I can fight Wilder for the undisputed title and then I could fight Usyk because then that would be the undisputed heavyweight champion versus the undisputed cruiserweight champion at heavyweight. That would be unbelievable."

The appeal of a clash between Wilder and Joshua has become increasingly appealing to fans, and Joshua admitted he can't wait to take the WBC title away from the American.

"I've done the [Joseph] Parker fight, I fought for that [WBO] title," Joshua said. "I've fought (Alexander) Povetkin, now I've got to do Miller and I just need to get past this one.

"If I don't get Wilder, what am I doing it for? If I don't get my hands on the WBC belt, what am I doing it for? I really want that chance and that opportunity."


Joshua defeated Wilder's next opponent Breazeale in 2016 at London's O2 Arena, in what remains his only defeat.

While most expect a comfortable Wilder win, Joshua believes the challenger could create some issues for the Bronze Bomber.

"I think Breazeale could cause Wilder some problems. It will be interesting to see him if Wilder can match him in boxing skill," Joshua said

"They're both decent boxers. Breazeale is an Olympian but Wilder is just very quick, so if he catches Breazeale early it might be lights out as we have seen his last 40-odd fights."

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