Anthony Joshua wants face-to-face talks with Deontay Wilder to thrash out a unification showdown with the American after he “shines” against Andy Ruiz Jr.
Joshua defends his IBF, WBO and WBA ‘Super’ heavyweight titles against Ruiz Jr on his US debut at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night.
Wilder rekindled hope the pair would finally meet in the ring when he promised he would fight Joshua after destroying mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale in one round earlier this month to retain his WBC crown.
Joshua, who knocked out Breazeale in seven rounds when they met in 2016, now intends to impress against Ruiz Jr in order to nail down a fight with the American knockout specialist later this year.
Ruiz Jr stepped in to face Joshua after his original opponent Jarrell Miller tested positive for three banned substances.
The undefeated unified champion believes Saturday’s fight against Ruiz Jr will be the final leg of his journey to holding all four belts.
To achieve his dream of become undisputed champion, Joshua is willing to meet his WBC rival and thrash out their differences.