Holyfield: Joshua And Wilder Needs To Happen
Former four time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield is hoping that a fight between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua happens in the next year.
At the WBC convention in the Fairmont Hotel, Baku, Holyfield explained to reporters that Joshua’s amateur experience is greater, but since Wilder is also unbeaten, with sharper and faster punches, anything can and probably will happen.
Wilder, who won an Olympic bronze, is scheduled to defend the WBC heavyweight championship on November 4th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but those plans are still up in the air after Luis Ortiz failed a pre-fight drug test. If it ends up that Ortiz is out, then a rematch is likely with mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne.
Joshua, who won Olympic gold in 2012, will be defending his three world titles in a mandatory defense against Kubrat Pulev in Cardiff, Wales.
When asked, Holyfield broke it down a little more…
“I do think Joshua does have the edge, because he’s the more complete fighter, but it all depends upon how they fight on the night. You are only as good as your last fight…Anthony was knocked down hard by Wladimir Klitschko and he was hurt. But came back and showed heart. You don’t learn how to get up until you’re knocked down. Until you get knocked down, you don’t think you can get knocked down. The first time I was knocked down, I was seventeen years. It didn’t hurt, it just embarrassed me. The thing was…getting up.”
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn is hoping to see the fight going down, provided that both men win their next scheduled fights.