Joshua Wants Undisputed Title Fight in 2020
It might be quite the Herculean task to pull off, but unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua wants to add the WBC title to his collection and without a doubt solidify himself as heavyweight boxing’s best in 2020.
Last week, Joshua defeated Andy Ruiz Jr. by decision to regain the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles he lost in upset fashion at New York’s Madison Square Garden in June.
While Joshua’s journey for major heavyweight gold kicked off by originally winning the IBF championship in 2015, he has been unable to claim the WBC title that has been held by Deontay Wilder since January of that year.
Wilder and Tyson Fury are scheduled to rematch for said WBC championship on February 22. And Joshua says a fight with the winner of that fight must happen during next year.
“I feel like it’s The Lord of the Rings, the last ring, let’s get it on, let’s make history,” Joshua told BBC Radio 2. “It has to happen in 2020. We’re in the same division, same era, if these guys want to make history — especially Wilder, because he has the last belt.
We created history by becoming a two-time champion of the world, and I feel like we can add to that legacy in 2020.
Joshua, however, does have to deal with mandatory challengers that have been ordered since his title win. The WBO wants him to defend against former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, while the IBF wants Joshua to take on Kubrat Pulev.
Joshua didn’t state if one mandatory is more important than the other, but he feels he can somehow make those defenses and still be undisputed champ by the end of 2020.
“If I don’t fight those guys, I’ll have to give up my belt, and I’d rather fight to defend them,” Joshua said.
Original Story: Boxing Scene