Deontay Wilder insisted he has not written off the prospect of fighting Anthony Joshua in the future.
Joshuas reputation has taken a hit in the last two weeks, after the British star lost his world titles to huge underdog Andy Ruiz in his first defeat as a pro.
Wilder launched a scathing attack on Joshua in the aftermath of that result, but appeared on ESPN this week insisting the fight between him and AJ was not dead.
It will always be there, Wilder replied when asked about a clash with Joshua. The WBC champions latest statement will serve as a boost to Joshua, with the former WBO, WBA (Super) and IBF champion currently left out in no mans land.
The loss to Ruiz leaves Joshua without his status as a world champion, but AJ is desperate to jump into an immediate rematch.
Ruiz insists he wants the rematch to happen in America, but Eddie Hearn has insisted Joshua has final say on the destination of the second fight, per the contract for the first clash.
Despite the stunning upset, Wilder never intended to fight Joshua in the near future as the American plans to take on Luis Ortiz at the end of 2019 and then Tyson Fury at the start of next year.
Furys co-promoter Bob Arum revealed there will be an agreement in place for a trilogy fight, forcing the prospect of a clash with Joshua further down the line.
While Joshua now scrambles to reclaim his titles, Fury this week branded his British rival finished.
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