Shelly Finkel, the co-manager of former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, says his client is ready and willing to fight Anthony Joshua next.

Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, has heavy interest in that fight - but he wants the British star to have a comeback bout first.

Joshua has dropped decisions in back to back fights with unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.

Wilder came back to the ring last month, with a brutal one-punch knockout of Robert Helenius.

If Joshua does not fight Wilder, than the big puncher will explore a WBC final eliminator against former world champion Andy Ruiz.

"We might fight Ruiz, because Joshua won’t fight us, but we will fight Joshua next. The biggest fight for either is with us, maybe in your area the biggest fight is Joshua versus Fury, but Fury is fighting Oleksandr Usyk next," Finkel told The Sun.

“If Joshua is ready or willing to fight us next, that is what we want and we will give anything to fight him. This has been a five-year campaign and each time they always try to say we have avoided it.  Right now is the 28th of November, we’re saying why not fight next? Let’s just make the fight."

Hearn is looking to match Joshua in a rematch with Dillian Whyte, who last weekend was nearly derailed by heavy underdog Jermaine Franklin. Whyte picked up a twelve round majority decision win.

“If you’re telling us you want a fight first before us, then sign to fight after, let’s make a deal. He says Joshua will fight Deontay after their next fight, why? They want to fight Dillian Whyte, who [on Saturday] was in a questionable win," Finkel said.

"The fight before that, [Whyte] got knocked out, and two fights before that he got knocked out. How does the press and anyone else rationalize Joshua fighting someone like that in his next fight? And if they say, ‘We’re definitely fighting Deontay after’ why isn’t there an agreement done? Deontay, Shelly Finkel and PBC are willing to make a fight for Deontay to fight Joshua next.”