Joshua says he wants Wilder first, then Usyk

Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua may be scheduled for a June 1st title defense against Jarrell Miller in New York City, but he still has an eye towards some bigger future fights.

Talking with Sky Sports the titleholder says if he could have it his way, he’d like to get his hands on the Deontay Wilder fight first, before moving on to fight undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, who is making the move the heavyweight.

“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.”

Joshua continues by saying he’s already taken on some of the top heavyweights in the world, and that the only thing that’s really left for him to accomplish is to get his hands on Wilder’s WBC belt, which would mean he officially cleaned house at heavyweight.

“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.”

The whole Joshua-Wilder saga has already been spoken about ad nauseam, no doubt, but despite all of the bullshit surrounding the negotiations it feels like the fight is pretty inevitable. The only real question in my mind is when.


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