Speaking courtesy of Sports Tonight/Dubai Eye 103.8, Joshua said when asked if the Wilder fight is the one he wants next year: "Yeah why not?"
Joshua, who retained his world titles with a tenth round stoppage of Carlos Takam last month, is apparently eager to get back in the ring as he wound up his potential future foes.
Another mega-fight on the horizon for the unbeaten world champion is a domestic dust-up with former unified champion Tyson Fury. When things are done, I'll announce them. "And that's all it was, I just had to bite back". Despite still being overweight, the 29-year-old's boxing and movement was as impressive as ever as he hopes to fight Joshua next year. But yet you say AJ is better, I know you won't admit the truth to the world but in your mind you know the truth and so does Vitali!
He said: "It's interesting, yeah, there's a lot of talk about 2018 in my career".
Despite the simmering bad blood between them and fans' appetite to see them settle their differences, Fury will nearly certainly require one or two tune-up fights before he is given the chance to clash with Joshua. 100 per cent. It's something that we're taking time to do and actually doing right now.
"I am not in the business of making promises that I can't fulfil".
For him, the warm climates of the UAE and the company of a handful of friends is the flawless place to reflect on the season and look forward to the next 12 months. I'm not a stage where my body's packing up on me. I am working on getting this fight done.
Joshua has a temperament to deal with the multimillion deals, the endorsements but without his close-knit entourage behind him, he knows it would be hard to keep on track with everyone wanting a piece of him.
"(But) even though there's a lot of talk - in reality, it isn't going to be like Joseph Parker, (Deontay) Wilder and Tyson Fury all in one year".