By Vladimir Lik
WBO, IBF, IBO WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua arrived in New York City this week to start planting the seeds of an American debut at some point in the future but it has to go according to way he drew it up in his mind.
“It’s important for me to come here and meet the fans, learn the culture,” Joshua said at a breakfast near Central Park this morning. “It will happen but option A for me right now is to fight Deontay Wilder at Wembley Stadium in April.”
Joshua held steadfast to his claim that his priority is to unify the heavyweight division irrespective who has the belt.
“It’s not about Wilder for me. He keeps bringing me up,” Joshua said. “I have stayed consistent in my messaging. I want to unify the titles. If he wants to do the same thing then the fight should be made plain and simple.”
Joshua declined to be ringside two weeks ago when Wilder and Tyson Fury fought to a controversial yet entertaining draw at Staples Center and admits he hasn’t watched the fight closely either.
“There was no reason for me to be there,” Joshua admitted with a chuckle. “If I was there they would have been laughing and hugging and pointing at me. They are behaving like best pals now it’s mad. Your enemies actually become friends.
Joshua claims they tried to make a deal with Widler before the Fury bout took place but according to Joshua Wilder’s team wanted to wait until the fight was over.
“Eddie’s talking to them now so let’s see what happens,” Joshua said. “I don’t have a reason to analyze the fight with Fury unless I was fighting one of them. Staying up to 4am to watch them fight is not my cup of tea.”
Joshua hopes Wilder doesn’t get shortsighted and understands the financial implications involved if Wilder were too win.
“It’s not about this one fight and how much money we make,” Joshua points out. “It’s what happens after that fight and the fighter after that. Look at my fight against Charles Prince. I took the lowball but I knew if I won I would get the keys to the kingdom and look what happened. If Wilder thinks he can beat me he needs to fight me and prove it.”