Joshua Tells Wilder To Put Up Or Shut Up
According to Anthony Joshua, unless Deontay Wilder’s team makes an offer for the two to fight, the WBC champion will have to wait until Eddie Hearn and Anthony Joshua determine what’s fair.
In an interview to the United Kingdom’s Press Association on Wednesday, Joshua was upfront on the matter.
“If Wilder’s not making an offer, we’ll do it on my terms… Present him with an offer, and see how they feel about that offer. That only goes to the champions – Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker.”
“It’s no problem if Wilder wants to fight early next year, but no offers have been made to me. There has never been an offer. Everyone says they want to fight, and then sits back and waits for me to do all the homework.”
Wilder owns the WBC heavyweight title,while Parker is the WBO heavyweight champion.
Joshua holds the most leverage of the current heavyweight title holders, as he is a proven stadium draw in the United Kingdom. Joshua’s last two fights – technical knockout victories over long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko and mandatory challenger Carlos Takam – have helped draw a combined 168,000 fans to London’s Wembley Stadium (90,000) and Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales (78,000).
“What we then have to do, which Eddie’s doing, is fly out to the United States to make time… No offers have been made from their side or our side. We had a mandatory in place, and now we’re taking the time and effort to get the ball rolling.”
“There’s one thing talking and acting, but negotiations don’t happen over social media. We’re now making the moves forward.”
Joshua is making it quite clear that he is ready for the fight as much as Wilder, he’s just trying to what’s best for his business.
“I’m serious about becoming undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. “We’re just making sure that a lot of these guys who are making noise will back up what they’re saying.”