Deontay Wilder Feels It’s a Matter of Time He Boxes Anthony Joshua
It looks like we will soon witness two former heavyweight champions clash inside the ring — maybe.
Deontay Wilder has opened up about the possibility of exchanging haymakers with Anthony Joshua soon.
In an interview with The Good Fight’s Kate Abdo, The Bronze Bomber said that a heavyweight showdown with Joshua would be the “biggest fight in the world.”
The Bronze Bomber will return to the ring for the first time this weekend after suffering a trilogy defeat to WBC champion Tyson Fury.
“I’m still in the business, Anthony Joshua’s still in the business. People always tell me, ‘When are you gonna fight Joshua?’ That’s the biggest fight in the world between us, still. So it ain’t ‘if’, it’s just ‘when’,” he said.
Wilder is scheduled to fight Helenius on October 15. He aims to fight AJ next, but he is open to squaring off against other heavyweight juggernauts as well.
“Of course, if I get to choose I will fight Usyk. Or Andy Ruiz because they are both a title shot. Who wouldn’t,” the former champ said.
“We are in the business the entertain and collecting belts. If you’ve got a champion that is giving you an opportunity to collect a belt, why would you deny it.”
“The only people I have heard that would turn down a title shot are those that aren’t ready. But the saying is, if you prepare yourself to be ready, you won’t have to get ready,” he concluded.
At Thursday’s final press conference, Wilder, however, said that if unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk keeps his word about wanting to fight him next — and not Tyson Fury — then he is open to it.
His trainer, Malik Scott, previously said that he’s not interested in Wilder fighting Ruiz or Frank Sanchez.