ANTHONY JOSHUA has his sights set on fighting the winner of the Tyson Fury versus Deontay Wilder rematch – but first must get past Jarrell Miller.
It was announced on Wednesday that AJ would defend his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight world titles against the man known as “Big Baby” on June 1 at Madison Square Garden.
Meanwhile, negotiations are believed to be in the finals stages for Wilder and Fury part II after their controversial draw in December.
And despite Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn admitting he is “frustrated” that his man won’t be facing one of the division’s best, he is certain of AJ’s path afterwards.
Speaking on talkSPORT’s Hawksbee & Jacobs show, Hearn said: “Obviously they’re re-matching and we understand that.
“It was a good fight first time around, but what we’re kind of asking Tyson Fury to do is – ‘Don’t sign a rematch clause whatever you do.’
“The absolute aim for Anthony Joshua is for him to become undisputed heavyweight world champion.
“He’s got four belts [three major world titles plus the lesser-recognised IBO], he just needs one. Unfortunately that belt is held by Deontay Wilder.
“Whoever wins that fight, we want to have the winner. Unquestionably.”
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Boxing fans have already expressed their anger that Joshua will be heading oversees to face a man most think he will walk through.
And even Hearn has admitted facing Miller, who is undefeated in 24 fights, was not the ideal choice.
He added: “It’s been very frustrating. It’s the first time really in his career when things haven’t gone as planned to be honest with you.
“We’ve all worked hard, regardless of what Deontay Wilder’s said on Instagram – to try and make those fights.
“No-one’s made us one offer to fight Anthony Joshua, particularly in the last three or four months, and we’ve done all the chasing.
“With Fury and Wilder looking like they’ll rematch, we’re left with the next biggest ones available which is Dillian Whyte and Jarrell Miller.
“Madison Square Garden made a big play to bring Anthony Joshua to their arena. It’s a massive move for his career.”
Whyte was spurned in his own efforts of getting a rematchh against AJ, claiming that negotiations didn’t start until too late down the line.
He also slammed the offer made to him for the fight – believed to be £4million.