Joshua vs. Wilder Potential for 2018
A heavyweight title unification bout between WBC Champion Deontay Wilder and WBA, IBF and IBO champion Anthony Joshua is anticipated for the future. And if the WBC has it its way, the fight could take place sometime in 2018.
About three weeks ago, Wilder posted a video where he called out Joshua to a unification bout. While the potential bout looks interesting on paper and popular among boxing fans, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman says he wants the bout to be held off until 2018. This is because both men have other challengers they must meet with first.
“We will do whatever is possible and necessary to make it happen,” Sulaiman told Sky Sports. “That’s the fight everybody wants to see. Joshua is a tremendous attraction and a positive role model, and Wilder is the same. Two undefeated champions should meet in the ring as soon as possible. Both have commitments to finish, so next year is the time to meet.”
There were thoughts that Joshua could meet Wladimir Klitschko in a heavyweight title rematch before Klitschko announced his retirement. WBA President Gilberto Mendoza previously stated that Joshua must meet mandatory IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev and mandatory WBA champion Luis Ortiz. He claimed a unification bout with Wilder could happen in late 2018 or early 2019.
Wilder has previously mentioned wanting to fight Luis Ortiz as well, but Wilder could likely defend the WBC title against Bermaine Stiverne. Stiverne’s team has accused Wilder of stalling as he awaits the winner of another heavyweight title fight — Joseph Parker vs. Hughie Fury for the WBO title on Sept. 23.
Original story: World Boxing News