After remaining stagnant for years, boxing’s heavyweight division is exciting again. With the emergence of young champions like Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, heavyweight is filled with great potential matchups. Wilder, the best of the American heavyweights, is eager to prove that Joshua is not on his level.
Wilder (37-0) has been sidelined with a fractured hand but looks to return early next year. In the meantime, the Alabama heavyweight worked as part of Showtime’s coverage of Anthony Joshua’s title defense against Eric Molina on Saturday. Joshua knocked Molina out in the third round, setting him up for a fight with former king Wladimir Klitschko.
After his impressive performance, many are hailing the IBF champion Joshua as the best heavyweight in the world. For Wilder, that strikes a nerve.
"The thing about it is, when they say ‘The best’, you know, it’s just something inside cringes inside of me. You know? Because I am the best in the world. Not just the best American, but the best in the world. And I can’t wait until 2017 to prove it."
Joshua (18-0) will fight Klitschko on April 29 at Wembley Stadium. It will be one of the biggest fights of the year and the most important one to be made in the heavyweight division. But if Joshua can defeat Klitschko and claim the WBA title, there’s no bigger fight to make than a unification bout with WBC champ Wilder.
"If [Joshua] prevails against Klitschko, you will see a Deontay Wilder there," Wilder said. "You will see an Anthony Joshua versus Deontay Wilder. Mark my words. And then, we shall see who’s the best. And I’ll put any money on the line that I am the best heavyweight in the world. And I will unify the division. There’s nothing I’ve never said that I didn’t accomplish, that was in my hands of doing. And I promise you, I will be the unified heavyweight champion of the world."