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Anthony Joshua won’t be happy unless he faces Deontay Wilder and Tsyon Fury

Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn. Photo credit: Getty Images

Anthony Joshua 26-3 (23) won’t be satisfied if he retires without facing Deontay Wilder 43-2-1 (42) and Tsyon Fury 33-0-1 (24).

The two-time unified heavyweight champion has tested himself against the best big men of his era but bouts against Fury and Wilder have eluded him.

The 33-year-old Brit was on the verge of facing domestic rival Fury, 35, before an independent arbitor ruled that the WBC king owed former champion Wilder a third fight.

More recently, talks have stalled for a bout against American Wilder, 38, that was being discussed for Saudi Arabia in January.

“We’ve agreed terms for Joshua-Wilder, but until we receive a contract the fight is not happening,” Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn told Boxing King Media.

“Politically, it sounds like there’s a lot going on. For us, we are ready to take that fight. Shelly Finkel [Wilder’s manager] and I have spoken, they are ready to take that fight.

“It doesn’t just have to happen in Saudi Arabia. There are now other talks about other countries that it could take place in.

“There is a movement of management and ownership of boxing in Saudi and it’s up to them what they want to do. If they don’t do Joshua-Wilder maybe it goes somewhere else.”

Joshua has displayed a willingness to face the top boxers throughout his decade-long pro career. He has claimed the scalps of long reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko, WBO titleholder Joseph Parker and skilled contender Alexander Povetkin, but as he closes in on the late stage of his career it’s Fury and Wilder that he wants on his resume.

“I never like to put a timescale on his career on his career, but he did the other day when he said, ‘You know, I won’t be boxing in three [or] five years’ time,’,” Hearn said to talkSPORT.

“So maybe we’ve got one in December and maybe we’ve got a couple of blockbusters next year. And then who knows? I don’t think he’s really got a timing on his career, but he wants to fight Wilder and he wants to fight Fury.

“I think if he doesn’t fight them, he won’t be very happy and fulfilled with everybody he fought. Once he fights those two, he’s boxed absolutely everyone in the division, all the players.

“I am Anthony Joshua’s number one fan. In my head – call me deluded – he’s going to knock out Deontay Wilder and then he’s going to knock out Tyson Fury. He’s going to become the undisputed heavyweight world champion and then we are going to sail off into the sunset.

“Like I said, call me deluded, whatever you want, I don’t care what you call me! I see it. We have the vision for that. Let’s make it happen.”