Anthony Joshua reacts to Deontay Wilder’s plans to delay fight until 2020, welcomes Oleksandr Usyk bout instead Express News

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AJ is looking at future fights after Andy Ruiz Jr in New York this summer

Anthony Joshua has shrugged his shoulders at Deontay Wilder’s latest disheartening comments regarding a potential fight between them.

The unified heavyweight champion couldn’t help but express his frustration in response to the WBC king’s latest interviews, in which he’s insisted they will not fight this year.

Anthony Joshua will defend the WBA, IBF and WBO belts against Andy Ruiz Jr on June 1

Anthony Joshua will defend the WBA, IBF and WBO belts against Andy Ruiz Jr on June 1

Wilder and his team have now stated they have other plans and will revisit AJ in 2020, something the Brit is beginning to reluctantly accept.

“We’ve been dealing with this for the last however long,” Joshua told iFL TV when asked about his rival’s remarks.

“It is what it is, isn’t it? It is what it is. Of course it is [frustrating], but it is what it is.

“I don’t care what Deontay Wilder does, I wish him well, I want him to do well. The better he does, the better it is for me, do you know what I mean?”

Deontay Wilder will defend his WBC belt on May 18

Deontay Wilder will defend his WBC belt on May 18

It’s known that Oleksandr Usyk will likely be ordered as Joshua’s next WBO mandatory challenger – a bout which will be due at the back end of this year.

Unless he can agree a shock unification with Wilder, AJ will have to take this fight or lose one of this titles, however he insists that is no problem whatsoever.

“100 per cent [I would fight Usyk], 100 per cent. I’m down like Bobby Brown,” Joshua continued.

Oleksandr Usyk was the undisputed cruiserweight champion and will make his heavyweight debut on May 25

Oleksandr Usyk was the undisputed cruiserweight champion and will make his heavyweight debut on May 25

“No way [would I vacate]. I’ve never actually thought of vacating a belt, that’s all that political stuff.

“I wouldn’t vacate and I’d definitely fight Usyk.

“Good luck to him, he’s a good addition to the heavyweight crop for sure, very talented.”

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