Eddie Hearn, the promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, says his star fighter is still very much motivated to unify the entire heavyweight division.
Joshua is scheduled to make a mandatory defense against former undisputed cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk on September 25.
Should he win that upcoming contest, the British boxer will target the winner of the October 9th trilogy fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder - who battle for the WBC world title.
Last February, Fury dominated and stopped Wilder in seven rounds to capture the WBC belt.
Neither boxer has been active since that contest, with Hearn worrying that Fury-Wilder will face another delay for one reason or another.
Between the ongoing pandemic and a lengthy legal battle, the bout was pushed back several times.
Fury and Wilder were scheduled to fight in July, with the bout being pushed back due after Fury tested positive for COVID-19.
Regardless of who wins, Joshua will want whoever is in possession of the WBC strap.
“Whoever has the belt. It's never been about Wilder. It's never been about Fury. It's just been about undisputed and that belt,” Hearn told The DAZN Boxing Show.
“So you know, I hope again, I've a horrible feeling that fight doesn't happen on October 9th. I hope it does but I'm not confident. And AJ's got to just take care of Usyk. This is going to be a really, really tough fight. But whoever wins that fight, Wilder or Fury is the target, because it's only ever been about undisputed. And First things first: Usyk, September 25th.”