ANTHONY JOSHUA has urged Deontay Wilder to “prove he is the best” while the unified champ revaled he would like to see Jarrell Miller given a second chance.
Tyson Fury openly claimed he could have just ‘three fights’ until he takes another hiatus from the ring.
And ex-cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk could become AJ’s WBO mandatory if he beats Carlos Takam on his heavyweight debut and Joshua will not avoid the match-up.
Here’s SunSport’s boxing round up.
AJ’S MESSAGE TO WILDER
ANTHONY JOSHUA has told Deontay Wilder to “prove he’s the best in the world” by finally taking him on in an undisputed title fight.
The two heavyweight champions have been locked in a bitter rivalry for two years with a string of failed negotiations and finger pointing fuelling their feud.
Fed up Joshua, 29, sent The Bronze Bomber a message on TMZ Sports urging him to “come see me”.
Joshua said: “I want Wilder, he’s got that belt. I got the four belts – the WBA, the WBO, IBO and IBF – I just need the WBC.
“If he’s ready and wants to prove he’s the best in the world, [Wilder] can come see me.”
THREE FUR ALL
TYSON FURY has suggested he will have three fights this year… and then retire.
Speaking to IFL TV, Fury said: “I am going to be very active this year. I am going to have three fights, then I am going to be gone.”
The comment would suggest that Fury will not fight Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder before he calls it a day.
AJ WANTS MILLER FORGIVEN
ANTHONY JOSHUA wants Jarrell Miller to be given a “second chance” following the American dope cheat’s ban from boxing.
The Brooklyner cheated his way out of a life-changing fight in his home town at Madison Square Garden and faced a massive backlash from the boxing public.
But“soft” hearted AJ told TMZ Sports he would like “Big Baby” to receive a chance at redemption – just like the Watford ace was given for his “mistakes in life”.
Joshua said: “I don’t want to kick the man while he’s down. Hopefully [Miller] can turn this negative into a positive. I’m soft in that sense, because I know what a second chance in life gave me.
“I made my own mistakes. It didn’t have anything to do with drugs and cheating, but in life.
“I would like to see Miller have a second chance in life, but if he’s going to carry on in the same way and he didn’t truly learn, then the powers that be up above, they will not give him that second chance in life.”
AJ WON’T SWERVE USYK
ANTHONY JOSHUA insisted he is “100 per cent” willing to risk fighting Oleksandr Usyk before Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury.
Ex-undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk, 32, makes his heavyweight debut against Carlos Takam on May 25 – and the Ukrainian could be called as AJ’s WBO mandatory if he wins.
Speaking to IFL TV Watford’s unified champion insisted he will not swerve Usyk in an attempt to hold out for super-fights with WBC king Wilder or Gypsy King Fury.
Joshua said: “100 per cent, I’d be down for that. I never thought of vacating a belt.
“That’s all political stuff. I wouldn’t vacate, and I’d definitely fight Usyk. Good luck to him.
JOSHUA VS WILDER in 2021
IT IS hard to remember the last time the thought of Joshua vs Wilder actually meeting in the same ring seemed close – but now it seems even further away.
Wilder’s co-promoter Shelly Finkel revealed the WBC champ will face Luis Ortiz and Adam Kownacki if he beats Dominic Breazeale on May 18 – and Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn claimed that will push the undisputed fight back two more years.
Hearn told IFL TV: “I know that [Luis] Ortiz has already been promised the Wilder fight, I know that [Adam] Kownacki has already been promised the Wilder fight.
“So we’re not just talking about 2020, we might be talking about 2021 when Wilder’s available.
“It’s bulls*** for the sport of boxing it really is and it’s annoying because certain people without the brain capacity presume that Joshua doesn’t want to fight Wilder – you couldn’t be more wrong.”