Anthony Joshua has admitted both him and Deontay Wilder made mistakes in the negotiation process over their heavyweight bout.
The two champions have failed to agree terms on a unification bout fans are calling for and both will now fight different opponents in the coming weeks.
Joshua will make his US debut as he takes on Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden on June 1, whilst Wilder takes on Joshua’s former opponent Dominic Breazeale on May 18.
The Watford-born boxer admits he has taken a refreshed look at the situation with his American rival and reckons they both must learn from their unsuccessful negotiations to make the long-awaited fight happen.
“No one ducks anyone in this business, but everyone makes their moves to benefit themselves,” Joshua told DAZN.
“In terms of the negotiations, they just didn’t align at the time and I realise that I’ve said a lot of things to blame him and he’s said a lot of things to blame me.
“I feel like we kind of have to put the tit-for-tat aside, realise where we both went wrong in the negotiations and get it right.
“It’s coming to a stage where only the fans are missing out.”
Whilst all eyes are on his clash with Miller in June, Joshua reckons he needs to start negotiating with Wilder again straight away in order to maximise the profile of the unification bout.
“The situation with Wilder and stuff, we should start negotiating now,” he added.
“Look at the Miller situation, we’re still 16 weeks away from the fight and we’re already doing all of this (media appearances).
“In terms of a fight of undisputed magnitude, maybe we need double the time. We need to start progressing now.”