Former two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has always had a dream of becoming the undisputed king of his weight division.
That dream, Joshua admits, will likely not happen in his career.
During two points in his career, Joshua was one belt away from becoming undisputed – but he was unable to secure a fight for that final belt.
On February 17, Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will collide in a battle that stakes the WBC, IBO, WBA, WBO, IBF world titles.
Following that fight, Joshua expects the belts to become fragmented – as there are several mandatory orders in play and Fury-Usyk has a contracted two-way rematch clause.
Because of that scenario, Joshua feels that he doesn’t have enough time left in his career to accomplish the undisputed goal.
“It won’t happen anymore. I think it’s just the reality. What will happen is that Usyk and Fury are now in position to compete for the undisputed, and once they compete for the undisputed, the belts will get split up again,” Joshua told TNT Sports.
“And I feel probably it would take me about five to six years to go through and get all the belts, beat all the independent champions. That will probably take me on to being 40-41, so it’s probably not in my timeframe.”
After suffering back to back defeats at the hands of Usyk, Joshua has rebuilt himself with victories over Jermaine Franklin and Robert Helenius.
Joshua is back in the ring on December 23, when he faces tough contender Otto Wallin in Saudi Arabia. A victory over Wallin could lead to a 2024 showdown with former WBC champion Deontay Wilder – who sees action in the co-feature against Joseph Parker.