By Aaron Stokes, courtesy of The Daily Star
ANTHONY JOSHUA will not stay up to watch Deontay Wilder take on Tyson Fury next weekend - despite the result having a big effect on who he will fight next.
Despite months of negotiations, Wilder decided not to face Joshua this year, opting to defend his WBF title against Fury instead.
The eagerly-anticipated heavyweight bout takes place in Las Vegas next Saturday - but the time difference means UK viewers won't see the clash until 4am GMT.
Joshua will be backing a Wilder win, in the hope it finally means they can step into the ring with each other.
However, the Brit admits he WON'T watch the super-fight and will be sleeping instead.
"Unfortunately the fight's on too early for me, so I'll be sleeping, but I enjoy watching the highlights," Joshua said.
"I need Wilder to win, and that way it gives me more of an opportunity to fight him, because as a champion, if he retains his belt.
"I think that's the fight people have been yearning for."
A Fury victory would likely see Wilder plan a rematch with the 'Gypsy King' in the hope of regaining his lost WBC belt.
But a win for the undefeated American would likely mean boxing fans finally get to see Joshua and Wilder do battle in the spring of 2019.
However, speaking today, Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn admits talks have not restarted between the two camps just yet.
“They haven’t really wanted to speak to me before it,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“Now when the fight’s over, if Wilder wins, we’ll be on him on Sunday, saying any chance now? Can we meet now? If they say no again, I don’t know what else we can do.
“If they are true to their word, on December 2, if they beat Tyson Fury, we will immediately start negotiations and we’ll see where we get to.
"April 13 is easy, and it’s a two-fight deal this time, the offer that we’ve made.
"One in America, one in the UK, we cannot say fairer than that.
“We’ve probably got three weeks to make the fight. It’s enough time, if everyone is sensible, but who knows whether they really want it deep down.”