Nigeria’s Anthony Joshua wants to sit down face to face with Deontay Wilder in order to finally thrash out a deal.
The two unbeaten heavyweight world champions look destined to meet in the ring but have so far failed to agree terms. Joshua defends his titles against Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday, two weeks after Wilder knocked out Dominic Breazeale inside the first round.
Joshua hopes victory over the late-replacement Mexican-American will lead to a unification showdown this year. “Saturday night, win and look good,” Joshua said. “Straight to Wilder.”
“There’s been a lot of interest around the whole fight. The Jarrell Miller situation, the Wilder situation, (Tyson) Fury, Dillian Whyte all these heavyweights. “It’s my time to shine now, so it’s good, I feel the buzz, it’s really good. There’s steps, without all the hardship I went through. I’d never be at MSG and without the fight Saturday night, going through the tough times, emotions, physical struggle, I’d never get to Wilder. So I’ve got to get through that and straight on to the big fight. They should sit us down face to face, that would be good. I think they should sit us down face to face and talk about what the issues are man to man and get this fight sorted this year.”
Meanwhile, Joshua says he has thrived during the final month of his training camp in Miami. The Olympic gold medallist said: “I can see why people go away for training camps, because you do need to have a solitary mind.
“I’ve a social mindset, so it’s good. The system I’ve used over the last nine years, I’m not complaining about, but it’s been different, it’s been good. It’s something we can definitely implement more in future training camps. The sun, the vitamin D, (in Miami) is good for me. The focus is good, and maybe fighting away from home gives you that world championship mindset, like I’m fulfilling destiny. This is a step up for me. It’s a new experience; travelling, new time zone, setting up a training camp away from home. All of that stuff is really important.”
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