Joshua Won’t Be Watching Wilder-Fury
There was hope boxing fans would get a long-awaited undisputed heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder in 2018, but months of negotiations ended in failure.
Joshua instead defended his titles against Alexander Povetkin in September, and now, Wilder will defend his WBC Title against Tyson Fury. And a win for the champion will re-invigorate hopes of a Joshua vs. Wilder bout, possibly on April 13 at Wembley Stadium.
Joshua admits he will be hoping for a Wilder win so negotiations can quickly resume, and hopefully, a deal can be reached. However, Joshua claims he won’t be watching the Wilder-Fury fight — at ringside or on TV — due to the time difference. UK viewers won’t see the fight, which takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, until around 4 a.m.
“Unfortunately, the fight’s on too early for me, so I’ll be sleeping, but I enjoy watching the highlights,” Joshua said. “I need Wilder to win, and that way it gives me more of an opportunity to fight him, because as a champion, if he retains his belt. I think that’s the fight people have been yearning for.”
Should Fury win, Wilder will most likely put off the Joshua bout to try and reclaim the WBC Title. But with a win, all eyes will be focused on Joshua vs. Wilder.
Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, offered a new deal to Wilder and his team which would see a rematch clause where if Wilder wins, Joshua would have to travel to the U.S. for a rematch. Wilder, and his team, however, responded that they will not resume negotiations until after the fight with Fury.
“When the fight’s over, if Wilder wins, we’ll be on him on Sunday, saying ‘Any chance now? Can we meet now?’ If they say no again, I don’t know what else we can do,” Hearn said. “If they are true to their word, on December 2, if they beat Tyson Fury, we will immediately start negotiations and we’ll see where we get to. April 13 is easy, and it’s a two-fight deal this time, the offer that we’ve made. One in America, one in the UK, we cannot say fairer than that.
“We’ve probably got three weeks to make the fight. It’s enough time, if everyone is sensible, but who knows whether they really want it deep down.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene