Anthony Joshua is not even interested in discussing the possibility of facing Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury in the future.
Joshua alleges that both of the unbeaten heavyweights came together to freeze him out – and they have already mapped out their future until the first quarter of next year.
Fury will face Tom Schwarz on September 14th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. And Wilder will collide in a rematch with Luis Ortiz on a date in November. Should both of them win, the rematch will take place in February.
Joshua suffered his first career defeat back in June, when Andy Ruiz dropped him four times and stopped in the seventh round at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
He faces Ruiz in a rematch for the WBO, IBF, WBA, IBO world titles on December 7th in Saudi Arabia.
Until he beats Ruiz, and Wilder or Fury are free to fight – Joshua is not concerned with either man.
“I’ve got something to fight for now. The guys I wanted to fight are tying themselves up for a year-and-a-half. They froze me out. Wilder has [agreed] his next fight with Ortiz, his next fight with Fury,” Joshua said on AJ: The Untold Truth, which is available as an on-demand special on Sky Sports.
“We take on the best competitors in the division every time. We take challenges, and Ruiz Jr was the best of the crop that was available to me. Manuel Charr, Michael Hunter? How can I fight someone like Charr? I wanted the best, and Ruiz Jr was the best. If you want to win every fight, don’t step into battle.
“All eyes on Ruiz Jr. Nobody can talk to me about Wilder or Fury – that is irrelevant. And nobody should talk to me about Wilder or Fury after I beat Ruiz Jr, because they have made it clear what they are doing. They have got the whole of 2020 booked up. Until they are free, nobody talk to me about Wilder or Fury.”