Tony Bellew believes a longer wait for Tyson Fury would suit Anthony Joshua in his bid to unify the world heavyweight division.
Joshua is hopeful of meeting Fury in a showdown for all four belts this year, though those plans look to have been dashed by Deontay Wilder's urge for a rematch with The Gypsy King.
An all-British clash between Joshua and Fury is set to be put on ice until a later date.
But Bellew feels that could actually benefit Joshua, who he tips to have more success in the ring with Fury than former WBC champion Wilder.
When asked when he thought Joshua and Fury will meet, Bellew told Sky Sports' Soccer AM: "Sooner rather than later to be honest. Eventually the money would determine that it happens.
"Great Britain has got 2 of the best heavyweights in the world, four of the belts. We've never had an all-British fight with all the belts.
"One man's got three the others got one. The main thing is we want to see them fight.
"Tyson Fury looks like the outstanding contender. He's just slayed the most dangerous heavyweight of the modern era.
"But Anthony Joshua is adding more strings to his bow all the time. He's only getting better, I believe Tyson Fury is at the peak of his powers.
" Deontay Wilder is not technically good enough to put him [Fury] in a position to nail him.
"I think Anthony Joshua would get to Tyson Fury. It would have to be within six rounds.
"We have to see it. If boxing is going to be one of the premier sports in the world we have to see the best vs the best."
Wilder has already signalled his intention to activate the clause in his contract to set up a trilogy bout with Fury this year.
The Bronze Bomber was convincingly beaten by Fury in Las Vegas last week.
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