Anthony Joshua: I'll Fight Wilder Even If He Loses To Tyson Fury

By Keith Idec

A Deontay Wilder win over Tyson Fury obviously would be better for continuing to build Wilder-Anthony Joshua into what promoter Eddie Hearn said Saturday night would “definitely be the biggest fight in British boxing history.”

But even if Fury defeats Wilder on December 1 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Joshua would still want to fight the unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion. That’s what Joshua told IFL TV during an interview following his seventh-round, technical-knockout victory against Alexander Povetkin on Saturday night at Wembley Stadium in London.

“Even if he lost, I’ll still fight him,” Joshua said. “You know what I mean? Because he’s a big name and people do wanna see it anyway, you know? So I’ll still fight him, yeah.”


England’s Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) said after defeating Russia’s Povetkin (34-2, 24 KOs) that Wilder is the opponent he most wants to face when he returns to the ring April 13 at Wembley Stadium. The unbeaten IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO champion still has repeatedly declined to predict a winner between Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) and Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs).

“Good luck to Fury,” Joshua said. “Good luck to Wilder. That’s a good fight for both of them. That’s a good name on his record.”

When informed Fury was highly critical on social media of his performance versus Povetkin, Joshua laughed off the former IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO champion’s criticism.

“Fury should just take a leaf from my book,” Joshua said. “He should just focus on Wilder. That’s all he needs to worry about, no one else. And he’ll do a good job that way. If you focus on other stuff, you get distracted. But maybe he’s got his game plan, and that’s his remedy. So good luck to him.”

The intriguing bout between the 32-year-old Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and the 30-year-old Fury, of Manchester, England, was officially announced Friday night. A three-city press tour to promote their Showtime Pay-Per-View main event is scheduled to begin October 1 in London.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 09-26-2018

[QUOTE=Fabes88;19133890]Yeah it’s all ajs fault wilder didn’t sign the contract.[/QUOTE] What contract? Now it doesn’t matter cuz negotiations are over and it’s time to start anew.. AFTER the Wilder vs Fury fight not before those two fight, that’s just not…

Comment by champion4ever on 09-24-2018

Stop all the talking s[COLOR="Black"]hi[/COLOR]t; Just do it god[COLOR="Black"]da[/COLOR]mn it!

Comment by Sickmerch1990 on 09-24-2018

[QUOTE=landotter;19136426]Hey, please don't think I want Joshua/Whyte. I really don't. If he is avoiding Wilder until later, at least pick someone new. But my point was if no one blinks, Wilder/Joshua can't happen in April. So, just start getting the…

Comment by Sickmerch1990 on 09-24-2018

[QUOTE=DabbaZimbomway;19132908]Wilder is 40-0 not sure what your talking about. He is the best heavyweight in Boxing right now. Maybe the best since Tyson[/QUOTE] Haha you joking when wilder was on 22 fights look at were he was to were Joshua…

Comment by landotter on 09-24-2018

[QUOTE=Noelanthony;19133972]No,no,no....... I’m not interested in watching Joshua vs Whyte 2. Whyte was 10 seconds from being stopped in his last fight and the entire fight was going his way. How the hell did that happen? Parker is not even a…

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