Joshua Doesn’t Want Wilder To Confront Him In-Ring
Anthony Joshua is keenly aware that Deontay Wilder will be at ringside on March 31st, when the British champion is set to face Joseph Parker in Cardiff, Wales.
Joshua does not want Wilder turning the post-fight into a circus at Principality stadium, by coming into the ring and confronting him without a contract signed.
“Yes, he’s more than welcome,” Joshua told Sky Sports for a story made available on the network’s website Friday. “But the difference is – when Klitschko came over to watch me in Manchester, we had a signed deal. It was signed and sealed, provided I won.
“With Wilder, I’m just not into the hype. If he wants to come over, get in the ring and all that stuff – I just prefer it if he had a fight in place to talk about. Because if not, it’s just hype.”
Joshua also isn’t interested in discussing the speculation about what’s next if he’s able to beat Parker, and take his WBO world title from him. Joshua doesn’t want Wilder to make it a spectacle, all he wants is to give the fans what they want.
“They just want to know that we’re going to fight. They don’t care about the business and all that stuff that goes on in the background. That’s why I don’t want to get into the ring and turn it into a hype job. I want to give the fans what they want.
“I have been in touch with their camp since last December, after I fought [Carlos] Takam [on October 28]. And it’s something that we have been working on slowly, and we’ll get there for sure.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene