Joshua: I’ll Face Wilder Eventually
Many have clamored for a title unification bout between WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder and unified WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua. Negotiations, however, fell through because of money matters, and the two are on separate paths yet again.
Joshua defends his titles against WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin on Sept. 22 at Wembley Stadium in London. Meanwhile, Wilder is planned to defend his title against former unified heavyweight champion Tyson Fury sometime in November or December in Las Vegas. The winner of Wilder-Fury is likely the next man to face Joshua — who will return to Wembley Stadium on April 13, 2019.
If one of them is to get upset, the possibility that a Joshua-Wilder showdown is gone is quite real. Yet, Joshua says, he’s confident he will face Wilder down the road even if Wilder loses to Fury.
“We’re going to fight regardless because we’re the same weight category, and we’re in the same era, and it’s the fight that people want to see,” Joshua said. “Yeah, we’re going to fight each other, but it’s interesting, because let’s say worst happens with Povetkin, it don’t stop me from having to fight them. They will still want to fight me, because we’re big in the game. That fight will happen regardless who wins.
If Wilder gets beat in that fight with Fury, I’ll still fight Wilder down the line, or if Fury gets beat. With boxing, one corner loses, one corner wins, but because it’s still a fight that the public will demand — big puncher, good stylistic fighter, good talkers — there will always be interest around the name of heavyweight boxing.
Original Story: Sky Sports