Wladimir Klitschko wants Anthony Joshua to become the world’s no 1 but admits he must face the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury winner to achieve that status.

Joshua is set to make the next defence of his WBA ‘super’, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles against Kubrat Pulev in June, while Wilder puts his WBC belt at stake in a rematch with Fury in Las Vegas this weekend.

MEANWHILE, Anthony Joshua will apply ‘pressure’ on the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury winner to finally secure a fight to decide the world’s No 1 heavyweight, says promoter Eddie Hearn.

WBC champion Wilder faces Fury in a Las Vegas rematch this weekend, with Joshua hoping to put his WBA ‘super’ IBF and WBO belts on the line against the victorious fighter.

An immediate third fight between Wilder and Fury could further delay an undisputed clash, but Matchroom Boxing boss Hearn expects to resume fresh talks for a fight that would clear up any debate about the division’s dominant champion.

Joshua and Wilder have previously been unable to agree terms, but Hearn is optimistic about reaching a deal with Fury, if he claims the WBC title at the MGM Grand.

Joshua has suggested that he would prefer to finally share the ring with Wilder, but expects fellow Brit Fury to become a two-time world champion.