Joshua Sees Wilder Retiring By 2021
Unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua sees the only other man who holds a world heavyweight title, Deontay Wilder, retiring in two years.
While the two were negotiating for a highly anticipated unification fight for this fall, Joshua would instead set a September 22nd fight with mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin, and Wilder is near a deal to fight Tyson Fury in November.
If Joshua and Wilder make it through their respective challenges, the two are penciled in for April 13th at Wembley Stadium, and Joshua feels it has to happen.
“Me and Wilder is the best fight in the division,” the former Olympian told the Daily Star. “With Povetkin, I am looking past him because I am going for the big guns now.”
“Wilder will make a deal because if you believe you are better than me and you can prove it to the world in a global event, then why wouldn’t you fight me?
“And that’s to all of them, including Fury.”
Joshua believes that with ten years of pro fights on his body, Wilder is only a few fights away from walking away. “That is a long time and he has been hurt by people like Eric Molina and others.”
“I think maybe he has two or three years left.”
Initial Report: The Daily Star