Deontay Wilder Remains Hopeful Over Boxing Anthony Joshua

Deontay Wilder is still optimistic about fighting Anthony Joshua

The two were on course to box in 2018 for the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship. Wilder’s camp sent a $50 million offer, which had to be accepted before a contract was sent. Talks broke down as both fighters lost their belts. Wilder’s loss to Joseph Parker last December ended hopes of a Joshua fight again.

A two-fight deal had been agreed provided The Bronze Bomber won. The loss meant Joshua turned his attention to Francis Ngannou, stopping the former UFC Heavyweight Champion in March. Wilder faces Zhilei Zhang on June 1 on the Artur Beterbiev vs. Dmitry Bivol card. The former WBC Heavyweight Champion knows a win against Zhang makes a Joshua fight more possible. 

“People are always going to want to see that fight no matter what. I put it in the high 90s [percentage chance of happening]. It only takes that one fight, that one night. Deontay Wilder knocks [Zhang’s] head off, and the world goes crazy. Wilder versus Joshua. They want it [again],” Wilder said

The same applies to Zhang, who seeks to recover from his Parker loss. The former WBO Interim Heavyweight Champion was linked with the Joshua fight before facing Parker. Zhang and Joshua faced each other at the 2012 London Olympics, where AJ came out on top. Zhang was keen on fighting AJ, only for Eddie Hearn’s apparent reluctance to stop it. 

“My team even flew to London to meet his people.’ And I believe what I heard was Eddie [Hearn] liked the idea, but when it comes down to himself or the managers around him, I’m not sure. I really wanted it. That’s what I can tell you,” Zhang revealed

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