Joshua Has “Curveball” Offer For Wilder
Even though Deontay Wilder has a rematch with Tyson Fury on February 22nd, Anthony Joshua has an offer the WBC World heavyweight champion may not be able to refuse.
Speaking at a JD Sports event, the unified world heavyweight champion said meetings between himself and his mandatory challengers Kubrat Pulev and Oleksandr Usyk are in the works.
“We’ve had meetings. That same meeting with Usyk’s manager” Joshua said to Sky Sports News, before adding a significant wrinkle to what’s already been reported. “Afterwards we had another meeting to potentially put an offer in to solidify [a fight with Wilder] before they have even had their fight, and before I have my next fight.
“Everyone wants Wilder to win because [a fight with me] is what everyone wants to see. Wilder has a great right hand, I have a great left hand. It is a great boxing match. We had a meeting about that. It has great potential. I heard [Wilder and Fury] have a third fight lined up towards the end of the year but we have to throw a curveball in there.”
Addressing the curveball, Joshua claimed one thing stands in Wilder’s way, a rematch clause with Fury.”Something that gets Wilder’s attention providing he wins so that he thinks to himself: ‘Even though I have a rematch clause, I’ll see how I can manipulate my contract, get out of it, and fight for the undisputed championship’.”
Speaking of Wilder’s opponent, Joshua does not take Fury at his word. “He bet on Charles Martin to beat me, he bet on Joseph Parker to beat me! He’s a bit of a waffler. Fury does what Fury does. He said that he spoke to Conor McGregor on the phone? That was a lie as well!
“I’m supporting Fury because imagine the local kids being able to watch the undisputed championship fight on their doorstep. I’d love it to be here in the UK.”
“The one that I don’t fight, I will fight eventually,” Joshua said of Pulev and Usyk, which may mean his being stripped of either the IBF or WBO title. “In the heavyweight division everyone is welcome to challenge so
“Who’s to say that Usyk can’t go on to do great things. But before we see that potential he has to come through the big boys of the division. I’ll be the first to challenge him.”