Anthony Joshua will reportedly not be ringside for Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight title defence against Tyson Fury on December 1.
Nigerian-born Joshua, the IBF, WBO and WBA Super-champion is aiming to unify the heavy weight division in 2019 and recently confirmed that was his sole goal in the coming year.
Joshua was considering attending the Los Angeles fight night, but will now not be ringside due to sponsor commitments, the DailyMail writes.
Fury and WBC champion Wilder have repeatedly called for a fight with Joshua, but neither have been able to come to an agreement – with the American particularly upset over the collapse of their last talks.
The Bronze Bomber saw talks with Joshua’s handler Eddie Hearn break down in the summer and has now insisted he would not accept any fight purse split than 50-50.
Joshua is booked to fight in the spring, with Dillian Whyte the most likely fighter to step in with Joshua at Wembley, providing the Brit overcomes Dereck Chisora in their grudge match next month.
Boxing fans have however expressed their desire to see him go up against the winner of the Wilder-Fury fight.