Wladimir Klitschko has hinted at a fight with IBF World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, insisting he has "no doubt" that a bout with the undefeated fighter could take place in the future.
However, the 40-year-old must first come through a tough rematch against foe Tyson Fury, who claimed the Ukrainian's WBA and WBO World title belts last November, in a bid to regain his world titles.
But the prospect of Britain's rising star facing the kingpin of heavyweight boxing is one that will have promoter Eddie Hearn excited as much as Joshua fans; with the chance for the 26-year-old to prove how good he really is.
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Klitschko has previously beaten the likes of Kubrat Pulev, Alexander Povetkin and David Haye in what has been a glamorous career for the former world champion. Meanwhile, Joshua is looking towards the biggest names in the heavyweight division, to increase his profile further.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Klitschko said: "I think it's good for boxing that Joshua is world champion and I'm happy for him. It's an exciting time and there's nothing wrong with Joshua having the IBF belt.
"I have no doubt that eventually [a Joshua fight] can happen, but there's nothing I'm looking at beyond Tyson Fury.
"I'm embarrassed we have a world champion like Tyson Fury, for the sport it's a shame. He's an idiot, and now this guy has the stage where he can say stupid things in public."
It is not yet clear whether a bout between Klitschko and Joshua would still go ahead, if the Ukrainian lost for a second time against Fury, which could instead make the Lancashire fighter Joshua's priority.
But despite Klitschko failing to showcase the talent he has displayed for the most part of his career, against Fury, he is confident of regaining his belts against the 27-year-old.
Lack of punches
"There was a lack of punches thrown and whatever it was I'm going to fix it," he added. "I never thought about retirement. Because there was nothing leading me to that. I don't actually believe what happened.
"Fury won the fight but I don't feel defeated. I know how to fix it and we are capable of doing that."
The Lancastrian has caused a storm in recent months; having been outspoken about certain members of society. And Klitschko hopes to inflict defeat on his 6ft 9in opponent as punishment for comments that were deemed offensive by many.
Fury has since apologised for his comments, but Klitschko will not take that into consideration when the two face each other on July 9, saying: "It's not just British fans I'll be doing a favour when I beat him [Fury], it'll be for Klitschko fans and boxing fans in general,"
"It's just something we don't need in this world, it's beyond boxing. I'm totally not on the same page as him. There's a lot of 'BS' coming out of his mouth and I'm not buying it."
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