Joshua Thinks Wilder Fight Must Happen

Following his 10th round victory over Carlos Takam, Anthony Joshua believes a showdown between himself and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has to happen.

Joshua suffered a bloodied nose from an early clash of heads and Takam was cut over both eyes by the time referee Phil Edwards decided he had absorbed enough punishment, kept the 28-year-old undefeated and staring straight at Joseph Parker nad Deontay Wilder.

Wilder, who defends his belt in a rematch against Bermane Stiverne on November 4th is the one fight that Joshua has the most interest in.

“It has to happen. We’re easy to work with. Eddie knows what he’s doing.”

“Eddie just wants to keep a lid on his [Wilder’s] jar and say, ‘wow, calm down’.”

“We can fill it up to the top and maybe spill a little bit over but we’re not filling up the second jar.”

When Joshua tipped the scales at Friday’s weigh-in at a career-high 254-pounds, Wilder, thinks his heavily muscled physique can be more of hindrance than a help over the 12-round championship distance.

Joshua’s coach Robert McCracken and Hearn don’t believe they should be in a hurry to sign a Wilder fight next. Both the coach and promoter believe the title fight could be built into a considerably bigger proposition over time.

Joshua himself feels Wilder’s desire to get a fight between the two soon stems from the WBC Champion treading water.

“He’s done 40 fights. He’s approached these fights so many times I think he’s just desperate [thinking], ‘I need a buzz, I need a thrill’.”

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