Anthony Joshua has denied claims he is unwilling to fight either Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury next year and insists he still wants to unify the heavyweight division.
Wilder retained his WBC belt with a controversial split decision draw against Fury last weekend and the American’s team are now discussing options for his next fight.
Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel confirmed The Bronze Bomber is “very interested” in a unification fight with Joshua, and the WBA ‘super’, IBF and WBO champion welcomed the challenge in a fiery response to Finkel on Twitter.
Responding to Finkel’s comments on his Twitter handle, Joshua wrote: “What took this fool so long? Like we ain’t been interested?!! Anyway well-done Fury!
“They wanted to get you because they assumed you was finished!! I’ll give you a fair one when you’re ready! Either one of you!”
Fury had come back from two knockdowns, including a heavy fall in the 12th round, to reach the final bell against Wilder.
However, despite appearing to dominate much of the fight, Fury wouldn’t claim a famous win after the judges called a draw in Los Angeles.
Fury claimed the ‘world knows the truth’ over the result, but Wilder insists he did enough to defend his WBC title.
“When you put the best against the best, exciting things happen. I take nothing away from this fight but we won this fight,” Wilder said on Instagram.
“To beat the champion you must dominate the champ and to me, I was the more aggressive fighter and landed the more effective punches.
“You saw the best Fury but you did not get the best Wilder and I still managed to get the job done.”