AJ is relishing defending his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles against Andy Ruiz Jr, having thrived from undertaking the final month of training in Miami

Anthony Joshua wants face-to-face talks with Deontay Wilder to thrash out a unification showdown with the American after he “shines” against Andy Ruiz Jr.

Wilder rekindled hope the pair would finally meet in the ring when he promised he would fight Joshua after destroying mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale in one round earlier this month to retain his WBC crown.

Joshua defends his IBF, WBO and WBA ‘Super’ heavyweight titles against Ruiz Jr on his US debut at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night. Saturday’s fight at Madison Square Garden also represents Joshua’s first opportunity to make a true statement in the US market, which remains boxing’s most influential.

He said: “There’s been a lot of interest around this fight, after the Jarrell Miller situation, the Wilder situation.

“It’s my time to shine now. It’s really, really good.”

Joshua, who knocked out Breazeale in seven rounds when they met in 2016, now intends to impress against Ruiz Jr in order to nail down a fight with the American knockout specialist later this year.

“Saturday night, win and look good,” Joshua told Sky Sports. “Straight to Wilder.”

Ruiz Jr stepped in to face Joshua after his original opponent Jarrell Miller tested positive for three banned substances.

“There’s been a lot of interest around the whole fight. The Jarrell Miller situation, the Wilder situation, [Tyson] Fury, Dillian Whyte all these heavyweights,” added Joshua.


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