Joshua’s Manager: Two Fights With Wilder Possible
While Anthony Joshua has sold out stadiums in the United Kingdom, June 1st is considered the biggest fight of his young career.
For the current WBA ‘super’, IBF, and WBO world heavyweight champion, he comes to Madison Square Garden looking to break through to American audiences.
“It starts with the fighting, his style, what he brings to the ring,” Joshua’s manager, Freddie Cunningham told Sky Sports. “The knockout will be the first part.
“Outside of it, I think it’s just being himself. If you’re one of those guys that maybe talks the talk you only go so far. You need to be a bit wider and he’s got all the ingredients, he’s personable.
“I think the American public like him as well. They seem to get on well with him, it’s just showcasing who he is. Do everything in the ring, everything exciting there, and he can showcase who he is.”
Outside of knocking out Andy Ruiz Jr. on June 1st inside Madison Square Garden and becoming a star in the states, Joshua has one other thing on his mind, a unification fight with Deontay Wilder.
“He’s obviously got a huge record, and he’s got the final belt,” Cunningham added. “All those bits to it make it mega and it will accelerate our popularity in the US, if that fight happens, and it has to.
“It has to and soon rather than later, there’s only so much different broadcasters can get in the way.”
While the two sides have publicly negotiated and called each other out in order to get what they want, Cunningham feels a two-fight deal may be the best option.
“I think you can see from his whole narrative, he wants it badly, we wanted it badly last fight,” Cunningham said. “We did everything we could to get it for April 13. It just wasn’t the case, so if this goes well and he gets the result we think he might, he’s gone to Wilder’s territory and made a name.
“He hasn’t just said I’m here in the UK, this is my market, come to me. He’s gone ‘Right, I’ve come and fought in your backyard. I’ve made a name for myself here, we can do it anywhere.'”
“I think if the fight is going to happen, it’s going to be a two-fight deal whatever, so it’s going to be one here and one there.”
Initial Report: Sky Sports