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Deontay Wilder: If All Goes Well, I Want Joseph Parker in April!

By Edward Chaykovsky

WBC heavyweight king Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36KOs) has embraced the idea of an April unification with WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (22-0, 18KO).

Parker captured the vacant WBO title last month in New Zealand, with a twelve round majority decision over previously undefeated Andy Ruiz. Wilder became champion in January 2015 with a domination of Bermane Stiverne. Since then he's retained the belt four times.

Wilder suffered several injuries in his July knockout of Chris Arreola and required multiple surgeries in the aftermath. He is scheduled to make a voluntary defense of his title on February 25th against Polish contender Andrzej Wawrzyk at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Parker was required to make a mandatory defense against David Haye within 120 days, but the Hayemaker signed on to face WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew on March 4th at the O2 Arena in London.

With Haye already committed to another fight, Parker could be ordered to fight Hughie Fury - but his promoter prefers the unification with Wilder, and a unification would trump a mandatory defense.

"We would consider all options. The other thing is to reach out to Al Haymon's people about Deontay Wilder, potentially seeking to unify all of the belts. My understanding is that if we go to unify, it potentially overrides the mandatory, so that means we have options. We are not scared of anyone, we're not going to look to pad or dodge - we want to unify," Duco Events' director David Higgins told Sky Sports.

Word of Higgin's interest has reached Wilder - and he's fully on board with making that unification happen in April.

"When I heard that I immediately called my people and said if all goes well with this fight I have in February, I have no injuries and my hand is healed and can take 100 percent impact on it as well, then I want that fight (Parker) next," Wilder told 78SPORTSTV

"They are talking about fighting in April and I'd love to come back and fight again in April. At lot of fighters wouldn't do it, come straight back ... but I want to make a great impression in 2017.

"If all goes well with this fight, I wouldn't mind turning right around and coming back and fighting Joseph Parker to unify the division with his WBO belt and my WBC belt, and do it that way. It's easier said than done of course and boxing is a business, there are going to be a lot of rules and regulations for that match to get it to happen. We are going to see what happens, but we are going to take a stab at it. They say they want it, I definitely want it."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Thurman on 01-14-2017

They all have a "bright plan" 'til he lands with that right hand!

Comment by TheUptownKid on 01-14-2017

do the article says Patker can unify before taking a mandatory, wilder says he'd like to fight him next before he fights his mandatory, and ***** made boxing fans are still complaining? Klit is signed to fight aj why oh…

Comment by Karoriori on 01-14-2017

[QUOTE=Sugarhitman;17345749]As champion, Wilder has the better resume of the current champs....fact.[/QUOTE] Stiverenes best wins? Chris Arreola is terrible. Takam beat Tony Thompson better than Arreola. Wilder 38 fight resume is a disgrace.

Comment by original zero on 01-14-2017

[QUOTE=Klitschko2017;17351690]Berman Stiverne is a bum who's only "good" win us chris areolla Ffs[/QUOTE] thank you for your uneducated amateur opinion. the world's leading experts had him ranked #3 when wilder dominated him. thankfully, your opinion is meaningless.

Comment by Earl-Hickey on 01-14-2017

[QUOTE=original zero;17344754]Bermane Stiverne was TBRB #3 in the world when Wilder fought him in 2015. Wilder dominated him and shut him out. Wilder went on to defend against Johann Duhaupas, who wasn't well known at the time, but is currently…

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