Eddie Hearn, promoter former two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, is eager to fight all comers in his planned return in 2023.
Joshua is winless since 2020, after dropping back to back twelve round decisions to current WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA champion Oleksandr Usyk.
The 33-year-old Joshua is aiming to fight again in the first quarter of the coming year.
Joshua and Hearn came together this past weekend, as both were present were in Abu Dhabi for the light heavyweight showdown between Dmitry Bivol and Gilberto Ramirez.
Several possible names were kicked around for Joshua's return.
"I mean, [Deontay Wilder] was one of the names I mentioned to him tonight. I’m not just saying it, but I couldn’t say a fight to AJ that he doesn’t go [and want to take]," Hearn said.
"He said tonight about Andy Ruiz. I said have you seen Andy Ruiz over there, he went, ‘Yeah, I’d love to fight him again’. I was like, ‘Why? You’re not fighting him again!’. He was like ‘Why not?’ and I went ‘F--- off’. He’s horrible!'
"He saw Jalolov and said 'I'd love to fight him' and I go, 'Why? He's about 4-0!' He just wants to fight everybody. It’s just the case of whether he has. And it wouldn’t be an easy fight, but an easier fight before he goes into a Deontay Wilder or a Dillian Whyte basically.”
In several interviews, Hearn indicated that the winner of the upcoming bout between Jermain Franklin and Dillian Whyte was going to become a frontrunner to face Joshua. Another possible option is top contender Otto Wallin, who handed WBC champion Tyson Fury one of his toughest career fights.
Fury and Wilder are the two biggest names that Hearn would like to secure for his fighter in the next twelve months.