Wilder: Joshua Won’t Survive With Me
The main storyline heading into 2018 in boxing’s heavyweight division will be who the ultimate king is: WBA/IBF/IBO Champion Anthony Joshua, WBC Champion Deontay Wilder, or WBO Champion Joseph Parker?
Joshua and Parker are currently in negotiations for a potential title unification bout in either March or April. Wilder, meanwhile, is likely headed to a title defense against Luis Ortiz on March 3 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
According to Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn, Joshua and Parker are likely to have a title bout first because he claims Parker’s demands are easier to meet than Wilder’s. Wilder wanted to face Joshua in early 2018, but that plan looks very unlikely right now.
If the current plan comes to fruition, however, and Joshua and Wilder are able to come away with wins in their bouts with Parker and Ortiz, respectively, Joshua and Wilder could meet later in 2018 to determine a unified champion.
“We’re both putting our lives on the line. We’re risking everything for people’s entertainment. Give the people what they want, and let’s make this fight happen,” Wilder told Boxing News. “He’s a fighter, I’m a fighter, and that’s all that matters.
Let’s see who’s the best. If they don’t want to go by that, if they don’t want to fight, then so be it. But at the end of the day, I’m still gonna be talking. I’m still gonna say I’m the best until I’m proven wrong.
Wilder went one step further with his vision of a world heavyweight title bout against Joshua. He says a fight between the two may end up like Wilder’s successful WBC title defense against Bermane Stiverne back in November.
I think I’m the better fighter. Period. I don’t think he’s gonna survive in that ring with me. And I tell people, don’t be surprised if I knock him out in the first round. If I’m talking a lot of rubbish, as they say, then hey, let’s find out.