Wilder: Joshua MUST Fight Me In U.S.
Deontay Wilder continues to look past his November 4th opponent is increasingly focused on a world title unification fight with Anthony Joshua, and confident that the fight will take place in the United States next year.
The WBC heavyweight champion will defend his title against the man he took it from, Bermane Stiverne at Barclays Center on November 4th. The twists and turns of this fight which have been covered on FIGHT SPORTS, started with Stiverne being the mandatory opponent for Wilder, then making a six figure deal with Stiverne to make way for a fight with Cuban puncher Luis Ortiz, who was pulled after failing a pre-fight drug test, which lead to the re-inclusion of Stiverne.
Joshua puts his IBO, WBA ‘super’ and IBF belts on the line seven days prior against late replacement Carlos Takam in Cardiff on October 28th, original opponent Kubrat Pulev withdrew with a shoulder injury.
After that Wilder is pinning his hopes on a showdown with Joshua in the New Year. Speaking to ThaBoxingVoice, he said:
“Everyone knows who I want. 2018 is going to be a huge year. A lot of questions are going to be asked and a lot of prayers are going to be answered. I know one day things will happen and I think it will be next year. The public are going to force it and the people want it, the people want it now,” Wilder explained.
“It’s big right now, we don’t need any more hype for this. We’re heavyweights, everyone around the world is talking about this.”
Wilder is adamant the fight should take place in the United States and not the U.K. Wilder thinks it is in Joshua’s best interest to cross the Atlantic.
“They don’t know Joshua here, but that is why they should have the fight here. If they have the fight here it is going to be crazy. They don’t really know him but that is how you get introduced. It’s not going to happen, but just imagine if he beat me, that’s it! People want this fight, they’re hungry for it. I don’t think this fight needs talking about any longer,” Wilder said.