Anthony Joshua says a second fight with Dillian Whyte doesn’t appeal to him for his April outing at Wembley and an undisputed unification with Deontay Wilder remains firmly top of the list.
The current heavyweight king is attempting to get Wilder to sign a contract to trade blows for all the marbles next year but is yet to meet the American’s demands for an immediate rematch clause.
Should Wilder decide against signing on the dotted line, Joshua said he’d be willing to face Tyson Fury, provided the former ruler is ready and in sufficient shape by then.
Fury has only just come back from a lengthy absence and didn’t look at his best in a return fight at Manchester Arena last month.
“There’s no stopping him from stepping up. If the Wilder fight didn’t happen, I would happily fight Fury (after Povetkin). I wouldn’t happily fight Whyte because it’s not big enough,” confirmed Joshua to The Telegraph.
Giving his opinion on Fury’s comeback win over Sefer Seferi, Joshua was far from inspired: “I’m not impressed. He’s not in condition. Get back in the gym. More boxing.
“What do we do, two sessions a day? I’d rather do two boxing sessions a day. Why do one boxing and focus on one run.
“Are you trying to be a part-time track runner and a part-time boxer? Get in the gym, focus on your gym work. And that’s what Klitschko told me: the best fighters spend more time in the gym than anywhere else.
“He was watching that Muhammed Ali documentary. He thought it was (George) Foreman and Ali all over again, but it’s not. This is a different type of boxing and he’s not ready for that.
“Everyone is different, get your confidence back, Fury. As a manager, I’d say he needs a few learning fights again. It’s up to him. When he’s ready, we’ll be ready,” he added.
A second fight in August could give Joshua a better indication of where Fury is at as the ‘Gypsy King’ has been further toning in the gym and will meet tougher opposition in Francesco Pianeta.
Should the Wilder fight collapse once again, UK fans would surely settle for Joshua v Fury in the spring – with another record-breaking night at Wembley in store.
The potential to expand to 100,000 capacity would be on the cards for Matchroom Boxing, whether it’s Fury in the opposite corner – or indeed Wilder for all the belts.