Joshua: Win Over Fury Gives Wilder Advantage
Anthony Joshua feels that Deontay Wilder’s looking to not only take an opportunity away from him, but also earn leverage against Joshua for 2019 showdown.
The British world champion said as much to Sky Sports about Wilder’s plans to fight Tyson Fury later this year in Las Vegas.
“We have to fight – there’s no two ways about it,” Joshua told Sky Sports. “Remember, we’ve been negotiating since I fought [Carlos] Takam last year. I’ve been trying to get a fight with Wilder. It’s been going on for a long time. It feels very difficult.
“That is why I know the strategy is for him to fight Fury after a three-year layoff. He’s got a good chance of beating him. It will boost his profile, so when he comes back to the negotiating table he will have a better leg to stand on.”
Wilder and Fury are aiming for a November showdown, while Fury has yet to apply for a license in the United States, Joshua feels that this is a cash grab for the former champion, Fury.
“Tyson Fury’s strategy is to put some money in the bank after a three-year layoff,” Joshua said. “He’ll continue talking rubbish, as he does. In the long run, thunder strikes and it continues to strike. It’s not like they’ve stolen the limelight. There’s enough on the table for everyone to eat, in my opinion.”
Initial Report: Sky Sports