Lennox Lewis has told promoter Eddie Hearn “to stop milking the cow” and make the world heavyweight title unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.

WBA-IBF-WBO world champion Joshua is expected to make a decision on his next fight by next week, with three options reportedly under consideration: either against English rivals Dillian Whyte or Tyson Fury at Wembley Stadium on April 13, or against American Jarrell Miller in New York in June.

Joshua has made four defences of all three belts but his fellow Briton Lewis, the former undisputed world heavyweight champion who last fought in 2003, believes his progress has stalled and has urged him to fight the winner of Wilder-Fury II later this year.

Unified heavyweight world titlist Anthony Joshua may have taken some flak in 2018 for the fights he did not have, but he remains ESPN’s British No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter for the year.