Just a week ago, Joshua resumed his World Cup belts after a superior point victory against Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia.

The star has sometimes been criticized for avoiding the other two big stars of the heavyweight, undefeated compatriot Tyson Fury and WBC champion Deontay Wilder. But now he really wants to meet the winner of Fury-Wilder next year.

Both competitors are boxing on Wilder's prestigious WBC title in Las Vegas on February 22.

- It feels like "The Legend of the Ring", this is the last ring. Let's write history, Joshua tells the BBC.

- Such a match must be by 2020 if these guys want to write history. We are in the same weight class during the same era.

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He himself has the IBF, WBA and WBO belt in his collection.

When he defeated Ruiz Jr., he became one of the few heavyweight boxers to have lost the World Cup and then won it back. Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield are some of the others who succeeded in the business.

Most of it speaks to Joshua in his next match against either the seasoned Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, 38, or former Olympic gold medalist Oleksandr Usyk from Ukraine. This is not to get rid of their master belts in IBF and WBO.

ARCHIVE: Anthony Joshua back on the boxing throne (December 7, 2019)

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