Anthony Joshua has plenty of future options available to him should he fail to secure a desired undisputed showdown with Deontay Wilder, says Eddie Hearn.

Joshua had been hoping victory over Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden would lead to a battle for all the belts but news that Wilder has signed for a rematch against Luis Ortiz has dashed those plans.

Joshua has urged his rival to come to his senses, but promoter Hearn admits that they may have to now consider other options.

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“AJ is focused on this. Wilder has decided he doesn’t want to fight Joshua so we have to focus on this career.

“This is dangerous, you take your eye off the ball for a minute and these challengers will turn your lights out. Joshua has to stay focused, this guy will do everything to try and knock him out.

“This is just the beginning. You’ve got Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte, the two mandatories which is likely to be Oleksandr Usyk and Kubrat Pulev as well, we’re fine for opponents.

“The one we wanted though was Deontay Wilder but if he won’t fight him, there’s nothing we can do. Forget about him and focus on what we can do.”

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Speaking after Thursday’s final press conference, Joshua reiterated his promoter’s comments.

“There are other challenges out there like Kubrat Pulev, Oleksandr Usyk, Michael Hunter, Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte,” the WBO, WBA’ Super’ and IBF world champion added.

“If it’s not Wilder I will have to go somewhere else.

“What can I do? Hopefully he comes to his senses and comes to see us.”

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This story originally appeared on Sky Sports.



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