The hopes of the two boxers getting into the ring suffered a massive blow after Skills Challenge Entertainment were unable to deliver the fight in Saudi Arabia. In the aftermath, Eddie Hearn confirmed that talks were ongoing with Wilder’s manager, Shelly Finkel, as other venues were being considered. Although that may have been the case, nothing materialized in that regard. And given that Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk has been agreed for the biggest fight in boxing, Wilder has been left to rue a missed opportunity since the ‘Bronze Bomber’ could have fought Joshua for undisputed in 2018-19. With that being said, Wilder made it clear that he wanted the fight.
“So, Anthony, you’re hearing it from my mouth, here personally from the horse’s mouth himself: ‘Hey I’m here, I’m ready, I’m ready to go. I heard some things about what your promoter said, that my last fight only lasted a short period of time (first round knockout of Robert Helenius), that I ain’t fought in a year and he don’t know if I want to fight or not. But I’m letting you know right now, right here, I’m ready to fight, I’m ready to get in that ring, man. Let’s make this the best time of our lives,” Wilder
Wilder’s inactivity has not helped the situation. The boxer’s last bout was in October 2022, which was a first-round-stoppage victory over Robert Helenius. Prior to that, two losses to Fury took a toll on the Bronze Bomber, who was no longer the WBC heavyweight champion. And at the age of 38, Wilder’s chances for the mega fights moving forward are slowing down.