Wilder Won’t Wait For Joshua
Deontay Wilder won’t put pause his career and wait for Anthony Joshua to fight him, as he will focus on fighting the best opponents possible.
WBA, IBO and IBF heavyweight champion Joshua is 20-0, all by knockout, following his win over Carlos Takam in Cardiff in October.
Last month, Wilder retained his WBC crown by scoring a devastating knockout on Bermane Stiverne in the first round to move to 39-0, and Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn reportedly held talks with the American’s representatives about a potential meeting next year.
The next move for Wilder is a likely showdown with Cuba’s Luis Ortiz on March 3rd at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Joseph Parker, the WBO champ, is also in the mix for a unification bout with Joshua in 2018, and the New Zealander is happy to settle for a 65-35 split, a notion Wilder will not entertain.
“I don’t think they are trying to make a negotiation at this point,” Wilder told Cillian O Conchuir.
“I think they are trying to seek Parker. They got him on his agenda.”
“[He is] their top priority which is fine. If they don’t want to fight at this time, that it is ok. We’re not [going to] chase [anybody]. I’m not chasing Joshua. If Joshua [doesn’t] want to fight, then that’s fine. If they want to have one fight apiece, and fight me next, that is fine.”
“[Me vs. Joshua] is a great fight, it is one of the biggest fights in the world and everyone wants it. The state of boxing, the heavyweight division, we can finally say it is back, it is exciting, it’s on fire and to make it even more lit, and even more exciting is going to be the moment when me and Joshua stand in the middle of the ring.”
“All the eyes around the world will be watching. We will stop the world in a moment in time to see once and for all, who is the heavyweight champion of the world.”