Wilder Team Feels Fury Rematch Bigger Than Joshua
For most of 2018, boxing fans have been clamoring for a Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua heavyweight unification showdown. Now, less than 48 hours after Wilder would battle Fury in a thrilling and controversial split-decision draw, the calls for unification may have died down.
Shelly Finkel, Wilder’s co-manager believes a rematch between Wilder and Fury would be a bigger fight for the WBC champion than facing Joshua.
“At this moment, we don’t know what is gonna be next,” Finkel said following the fight on Saturday night. “If this other promoter [Hearn] calls [Sunday], like he said, we’ll hear. If not, it’s fine. I believe the fight right now with Fury is a stronger fight and probably more logical to happen because, look, he still dropped the guy twice. That last round, I was surprised he got up. I ran to the corner as though it was over and I’m not sure the other side [Joshua] is still not afraid of [Wilder].”
Wilder still wants Joshua next, as he’s been actively calling him out for over a year but knows a fight with Fury is very much on the table.
“I would love to go for the other titles, you know,” Wilder said. “I’ve always spoken that there would be one champ and one face and one name, you know? I always wanted to unify the division. I feel the one who unifies the division really brings boxing back because the heavyweight division is too small to have so many champions. And it’s always been my issue, you know, having so many multiples of champions in this division, [with] the small numbers that we have. I feel that it makes the heavyweight division that much more interesting to have one champion, one face, one name, and all the competitors come up and try to fight this one fighter. I would love to fight [Joshua]. I’ve been trying to fight him. Everyone knows that. That’s no secret. But, you know, those guys have other plans and we’ll see what happens.
“But, you know, with that, I’ll be satisfied with either or, to be honest. Me and Fury put on a hell of a performance tonight. And I’d love to go back into a rematch, or I’d love to fight Joshua. So I think I’m in a win-win situation. I know what the fans want and I’m with the fans as well, too. I’m a warrior. I’m a fighter. This is what I do, so we’re gonna see what we do next, and you guys will know.”
Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn have made it known that they’d want Wilder but have looked at Dillian Whyte to face Joshua on April 13th at Wembley Stadium, if Whyte takes his rematch against Dereck Chisora on December 22nd in London.
Initial Report: Boxing Scene