Anthony Joshua is ready and waiting for the challenge of Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury after being accused of ducking the two biggest names in the Heavyweight division.
Tyson Fury called Joshua a “Chicken” after his controversial draw with Wilder in reference to his refusal to face Wilder initially.
A rematch seems the inevitable next course of action, which could mean that Joshua drops down the pecking order although the unified champion says he is ready to go.
Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel suggested in the aftermath that a Wilder-Joshua showdown could happen, Joshua responded on Twitter: “What took this fool so long? Like we ain’t been interested?!
“Anyway well done Fury! They (Wilder) wanted to get to you because they assumed you was finished!! I’ll give you a fair one when your ready. Either one of you!”
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, travelled to LA this week and says he is hoping to talk about an April date between his fighter and Wilder.
Hearn told the Daily Mail: “First we need to find out what is happening with a Wilder-Fury rematch and whether the rematch clause we are hearing about is what it seems.
“If anything, the way that fight went on Saturday works in our favour in terms of getting Wilder. That has always been the fight we want because he has the last belt.
“It might also be the case that Wilder fancies his chances in a punch-out with AJ rather than another go at Fury. As far as AJ is concerned, he will fight anyone. He would love Wilder next and he has always wanted Fury.
“I am going out to LA and we will talk (with Wilder’s representatives) this week. It is a fight we definitely want for April and will work hard to make.”