Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are set to showdown in a mega clash of heavyweights at the end of the year with a date and venue in the US expected to be formally confirmed shortly.

Anthony Joshua has been relatively silent on the matter these past few weeks as the many media games between Wilder and Fury have unfolded.

Joshua was in talks himself to fight Wilder for much of this year.

After negotiations appeared to collapse it left the door open for Fury to step into the fold and take on Wilder.

After only two comeback fights following a near 1000 day hiatus from professional boxing.

Speaking on Sky News, Joshua clarified his thoughts about Wilder and Joshua fighting:

“I’ve been trying to get a fight with Wilder. It has been ongoing for a long time. It feels very difficult. That is why I know the strategy is for him to fight Fury after a three year layoff. He’s got a good chance of beating him. It will boost his profile so when he comes back to the negotiating table he’ll have a better leg to stand on.”

He continued:

“Tyson Fury’s strategy is to put some money in the bank after a three year layoff. He’ll continue talking rubbish as he does. In the long run thunder strikes and it continues to strike.”

Joshua has his own big fight to focus on next up for the mean time.

No mean feat either.

In the form of Russian Alexander Povetkin on September 22nd which will be shown live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK.

Provided he wins that, potentially him fighting the winner of Wilder vs Fury in the new year could be one of the biggest fights in boxing of the last decade.

That’s if he wins of course. Povetkin will have one or two things to say about that.