Wilder Needs To KO Ortiz To Fight Joshua?
Former world champion Johnny Nelson is rooting for a fall unification between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and WBA, IBF, IBO champion Anthony Joshua.
Both Wilder and Joshua are set to fight in March of this year, Wilder is up first, as he defense his title against voluntary challenger Luis Ortiz on March 3rd.
Joshua is back on March 31st, when he attempts to start the unification process in a showdown with WBO world champion Joseph Parker at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
Wilder will be a part of the Sky Sports broadcast team, for the Joshua-Parker clash – and plans to confront the winner, who he believes will be Joshua.
According to Nelson, in a story published by Boxing Scene, Wilder must not only beat Ortiz, but beat the Cuban puncher impressively to make a unification with Joshua a “must happen” fight in 2018.
“If the AJ-Wilder fight is going to happen, it will go ahead no matter what. This is business and I know the fighters want to face each other,” Nelson told Sky Sports.
“But on Wilder’s behalf, I think it will make them want the AJ fight even more if he knocks out Ortiz. Wilder’s team will know he has got what it takes to get through anybody and Deontay will say ‘I don’t care, give me this fight next!’
“If Wilder knocks out ‘King Kong’, everybody will be talking about this loud, unbeaten American who is wild by name, wild by nature. He has taken out the guy who everyone has avoided like the plague and that will sell him even more here in the UK and around the world.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene