WORLD heavyweight king Anthony Joshua defends his WBA, IBF and WBO titles against Andy Ruiz Jnr in New York this coming Saturday (June 1) in what will be his debut appearance in an American ring. While Stateside supporters are no doubt eagerly awaiting their first glimpse of Joshua in the flesh, the boxing public around the world are frustrated that they have yet to see the British superstar lock horns with either of his fellow unbeaten heavyweight standouts – WBC belt-holder Deontay Wilder and former unified champion Tyson Fury. For his part, Joshua is equally vexed, for the fans as much as himself.
“It’s not even about me anymore. It’s about the fans being starved of it,” the 29-year-old said. “It was all about me and Wilder when he started calling me out two years ago. It was all about us – it was great profile-building. Wilder looked like a crazy man calling me out. Fury came back. But then nothing’s happened. So now the fans are the ones who are getting the rough end of the stick.
“I don’t know why it’s not happening. With all that talk of profile-building and figures being thrown around. Dates and venues. I feel sorry for the people who want to see it. It’s wasting a lot of time. I said it before I fought Alexander Povetkin [in September last year] – each fight is a potential banana skin. I’d rather have it now than later.”