Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder
WBO, IBF, WBA, IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is very motivated to jumped right over a Tyson Fury trilogy to finalize a showdown with WBC world champion Deontay Wilder.
Wilder is scheduled to face Fury in a rematch on February 22 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Joshua will make a mandatory defense of his four belts against either Kubrat Pulev or Oleksandr Usyk. There is a clause in the Wilder-Fury rematch, where a trilogy fight will take place - regardless of the outcome.
But if Wilder, the British superstar is not willing to allow Fury to face him for a third time in 2020.
Joshua is already making moves to make sure the right off is made to Wilder to secure him this year.
"We've had meetings. That same meeting with Usyk's manager, afterwards we had another meeting to potentially put an offer in to solidify [a fight with Wilder] before they have even had their fight, and before I have my next fight," Joshua told Sky Sports News.
"Everyone wants Wilder to win because [a fight with me] is what everyone wants to see. Wilder has a great right hand, I have a great left hand. It is a great boxing match. We had a meeting about that. It has great potential. I heard [Wilder and Fury] have a third fight lined up towards the end of the year but we have to throw a curveball in there.
"Something that gets Wilder's attention providing he wins so that he thinks to himself: 'Even though I have a rematch clause, I'll see how I can manipulate my contract, get out of it, and fight for the undisputed championship'."