Anthony Joshua has shrugged off Deontay Wilder’s latest snub, claiming he would prefer to fight him in two years’ time.
As expected, Wilder has agreed to face Luis Ortiz in a rematch, with Adam Kownacki and Tyson Fury also ahead of Joshua in the queue to fight the unbeaten WBC heavyweight king.
This means any potential unification clash between Joshua and Wilder may not happen until 2021.
That suits Joshua fine and the unbeaten unified heavyweight king believes he will be at his peak then because he continues to improve with every fight.
Joshua, 29, who suspected Ortiz would fight Wilder when he refused his offer to meet on Saturday, claims he is transformed from the fighter who won the IBF title from Charles Martin in 2016 because he has learnt so much.
“Believe me, I’d rather fight Wilder in two years’ time because I know I’ll get better,” said Joshua, who defends his WBA Super, IBF and WBO titles at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
“Imagine what I was like two years ago when I was fighting Charles Martin, then a few months before that when I was fighting Dillian Whyte?
“Compare the type of fighter I was then to where I’ve got to now in terms of experience.
“So then imagine in another two years what I’d be like if I fought Wilder. I’ll be a lot more sound.
“I’m getting better, while Wilder is probably at his peak now. He’s already been professional for over a decade and isn’t going to improve like I will in that time.”