Joshua: Ortiz Is More Willing Than Wilder To Fight
With Luis Ortiz set as Deontay Wilder’s next opponent, the two men who have rejected offers to face Anthony Joshua are set to fight this September.
If Ortiz is able to pull off a revenge victory over Wilder, Joshua believes the Cuban southpaw would be more inclined to unify.
“I think Ortiz will be quicker to fight me than Wilder would,” Joshua said Thursday before a press conference at The Beacon Theater. “So, it’s not a bad thing, you know? It’s not actually a bad thing. So yeah, the division – it’s impossible for Wilder to probably stay champion for the rest of his time. He’s had close fights with [Eric] Molina, with [Tyson] Fury, with Ortiz. He’s had some like close fights with certain people. So, you know, it’s coming close to a time where that belt should change hands.”
“It’s not so much about Wilder, you know?,” said Joshua, of unifying the titles after his June 1st encounter with Andy Ruiz Jr. “It’s more about what I can achieve, because when we look at what we’re doing, in terms of like working outside of boxing, commercializing the sport in our own field, even if I fought Ortiz it could be a fight of the century anyway, because it’s [for] the undisputed [title]. Wilder’s still building his profile and stuff like that, so it’s not so much about Wilder. It’s that undisputed.”
“It could be Ruiz and Ortiz… It’s still a massive fight for the undisputed [title], I think. It’s just that we’ve worked tirelessly to build the profile outside of boxing. So, when it does happen, it’s already at the pinnacle of where it should be commercially. We’re not like, ‘Now the undisputed is here, let’s promote it.’ We’ve been promoting it for years anyway.”
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