Wilder: Joshua Bout Will Always Be There
When Andy Ruiz Jr. knocked out Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden on June 1, many celebrated Ruiz’s win, but many more criticized boxing promoters over the ruining of a long-anticipated showdown between Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
There had been past negotiations for the now former WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Joshua and WBC champion Wilder to meet in an undisputed title fight. Last year, small detail disagreements and the WBA’s mandate for Joshua to face Alexander Povetkin held up the fight, and this year Wilder turned down a DAZN deal with two guaranteed Joshua bouts.
Joshua and Ruiz are expected to meet in a rematch in November or December, and there will be a lot of pressure for Joshua to regain the titles.
But during an appearance on ESPN recently, Wilder told Scott Van Pelt that he feels a Joshua fight could always be in the cards. Wilder adds, however, it would be more guaranteed if Joshua can win the rematch.
“Well, you know, I think that fight will always be there,” Wilder said. “It doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world when you have a loss. You know, many of champions, many of our champions in history have came back from losses. That’s how they became two-time, three-time, four-time, five-time champions. You know, a lot of people think just because you lose, then it’s over with. Because with the landscape that’s going on, you have a fighter [Floyd Mayweather] that came up with the motto of having a reputation of winning all the time. And he made a lot of money out of it. He executed on winning and keep winning.
“And now, these fighters, they see that and they think that you have to be undefeated to get all the way to the very top and make the most money. But that’s not true. You know, most fighters, you have more fighters in the business that have more opportunities fighting [for] the titles with [losses on their] records, … It’s all about what you do upon defeat, how you get back up, you know, brush yourself off.”
Wilder defends his WBC title in a rematch with Luis Ortiz this September, and a win will see Wilder rematch with Tyson Fury in early 2020.
Original Story: Boxing Scene