Anthony Joshua is determined to fight Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder even if no titles were at stake.
Joshua is coming off the second defeat of his pro boxing career. He was bested by Oleksandr Usyk via unanimous decision on Sept. 25. “AJ” lost the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Titles in the process.
Joshua is now beltless but even if that were to remain the case, he thinks bouts with Fury and Wilder would still be worthwhile. Here’s what “AJ” told DAZN.
“The road to undisputed is marketing. When I pulled up today, it just reminds me that it’s a big circus. This is the greatest show on Earth.
“I’ll fight Tyson Fury and Wilder without the belts. The belts are fun, it’s great, it’s legacy – but with or without the belts, I’ll fight whoever. The road to undisputed [champion] is a nice title to have and chase but would you still watch it without the belts?
“The main thing is that you have got two competitive fighters in the ring from UK soil that just want to go toe-to-toe.”
Many expect Anthony Joshua to eventually exercise his rematch clause against Usyk. Most boxing experts agree that this will be a tougher task for Joshua than the rematch he had with Andy Ruiz. That’s because during his encounter with Usyk, the former undisputed cruiserweight champion simply appeared to be better at the sweet science. “AJ” had difficulty with Usyk’s movement.
Fury is set to collide with Deontay Wilder a third time on Oct. 9. The trilogy fight will be held inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fury’s WBC Heavyweight Championship will be on the line. Time will tell what happens in the aftermath of that outing but boxing fans will have to wait even longer for an undisputed heavyweight title fight.