Wilder Willing To Trade Power Shots With Joshua
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is not to stand and trade big power shots with IBF, WBA, IBO champion Anthony Joshua.
Wilder openly admits that both he and Joshua could end up hitting the floor before the contest concludes with a knockout finish.
“Of course [both of us could go down in the fight], this is heavyweight boxing, that’s what it consists of. When you look down on that contract, it’s not on there in print but you both could see the canvas, it’s in invisible print. We already know this is capable of happening, but we do it anyway, if you’re a warrior, you sign that contract anyway. If you’re a king as you say you are, you will sign that contract anyway,” Wilder told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
But Wilder has no intention of going down in the fight, he intends to put Joshua to sleep.
“Deontay signs that contract each and every time with any fighter. I don’t think about hitting the canvas, I think about putting my opponent to the canvas, I think about hurting him so bad that even when he gets to the hospital he will remember that he was in a fight with Deontay Wilder,” Wilder said.
Before the two of them could fight each other, they have other fights lined up.
Wilder will make a voluntary defense of his title against Cuban hitter Luis Ortiz on March 3rd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
They were set to face each other in November, before Ortiz was pulled from the bout after failing a pre-fight drug test. He has since been cleared by the WBC to fight for the title in March.
And Joshua has nearly finalized a deal to face WBO champion Joseph Parker in a unification, which may land on March 31st in Cardiff, Wales.