Anthony Joshua’s willingness to tackle the robust exams which await him within the division has been questioned by many ever since a unification bout with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder failed to come back to fruition.

The WBA Tremendous, WBO, IBF and IBO king has, nevertheless, said on a number of events that he’s open to combating Wilder, who will defend his title towards Joshua’s fellow Brit Tyson Fury every week on Saturday.

Joshua hasn’t publicly entertained the concept of a showdown with Fury, who he slammed not too way back for calling himself the lineal heavyweight champion.

Joshua’s obvious reluctance to combat the likes of Wilder and Fury has left many questioning his motivation, together with Lewis.

“Joshua can take his time. He’s champion now,” Lewis mentioned of ‘AJ’. “He says he doesn’t need to combat Tyson Fury for a 12 months or so.

“He needs to go round making a living. I feel that’s going to be a downfall for him. He has to stick with it, he can’t be within the background.

“If he needs to be champion, he has to behave like a champion.”

Workforce Joshua are eager to renew talks with Wilder if the American comes out of his conflict with Fury victorious, although they’ve but to publicly focus on their plans ought to the champion lose his title.

However based on Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, there are a number of choices on the desk for Olympic gold medallist, together with ‘two wildcards.’

“Quite a bit outcomes on what occurs on December 1 and whether or not Wilder needs the combat or not,” Heard mentioned.

“If he doesn’t, do we’ve a deal in place with Dillian Whyte? He’s acquired to beat Chisora.

“We’ve acquired this different possibility we’re as effectively. So every part is in play.

“There are two wildcards. One is a wild wildcard and the opposite is somebody you received’t be as shocked with.

“We’re quite a lot of choices proper now. 

“Like I mentioned, we’re not simply going to sit down and await individuals and be compelled right into a nook to take these fights.

“So we do what we at all times do, which is plan the profession of Anthony Joshua, make all the appropriate strikes and ensure his schedule is totally rock strong.”

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