Anthony Joshua has been very motivated since recovering his IBO / IBF / WBO / WBA Super titles from Andy Ruiz Jr. He also need the momentum because the WBO and the IBF have ordered mandatory title defense for him. Which organization is defending the title first is still questionable, but there is a better chance of defending an IBF against Kubrat Pulev. Then the WBO can come, if the organization waits, if not, then he can fight against the new champion to get it back. This would pretty much fill Joshua’s 2020 calendar because he doesn’t usually fight more than two in a year. However, AJ said he still wants to unify the title with the winner of the Wilder – Fury match in 2020.
“I feel like it’s The Lord of the Rings, the last ring, let’s get it on, let’s make history. It has to happen in 2020, we’re in the same division, same era, if these guys want to make history – especially Wilder, because he has the last belt. We created history by becoming a two-time champion of the world, and I feel like we can add to that legacy in 2020.” – Joshua told BBC Radio 2.
Joshua also said he didn’t plan on dropping any of his belts if he didn’t have to. He wants to fight them with the designated fighters.
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will fight again on February 22, 2020, but there is a lot of talk about a trilogy, so it’s possible that “Bronze Bomber” and “Gypsy King” will fight twice each year. So they have a program for next year too. But of course, it’s up to the boxers, and also the promoters, to see if they can fit a third match. Boxing fans would certainly be delighted with a heavyweight title match for the undisputed championship title next year. We have been waiting for this for a very long time.
Wilder and Joshua had been trying to agree on a match for more than a year, but they almost disagreed and nothing came of the title fight. Maybe they would finally agree, because they both want to be undisputed champions.
Of course, this is just a plan and much can change, as in the first game against Ruiz, no one thought Joshua would lose his belt. Theoretically, there will be a title match by the end of next year, and practically, it will not be possible to say in advance who Joshua will be after his mandatory title defense and the Wilder – Fury match.