Anthony Joshua is looking to have a face to face conversation with Deontay Wilder, with the hope that they can work out their differences and reach and agreement to face each other in a full division unification.

"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," Joshua said to Sky Sports.

Joshua is back in the ring on Saturday night, when he defends his WBO, WBA, IBF, IBO world titles against once-beaten Andy Ruiz at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The fight will be the United States debut of Joshua.

Wilder was in action two weeks ago, when he pulled off a brutal first round knockout of mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Joshua would like to make a big statement in the fight with Ruiz, who comes in on late notice after Jarrell Miller was pulled from the fight for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.

The only defeat on Ruiz's record came in Decemember 2017, in a close points loss to Joseph Parker.

"Saturday night, win and look good," Joshua said. "[Then] 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," added Joshua.

"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."