By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
ANTHONY JOSHUA says Deontay Wilder will not be able resist facing him in a career defining clash.
Joshua defended his WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight belts with a seventh-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin on Saturday night at Wembley.
WBC champ Wilder faces Tyson Fury on December 1. But Joshua’s camp want the American to agree to an April 13 showdown at Wembley before he faces Fury.
And even if he fails to put pen to paper, ‘AJ’ is confident the Wilder fight will happen eventually due to the mega payday on offer.
He said: “It will happen sooner or later for sure, that fight will happen. We’ll find out who the best is sooner or later.
“I don’t think he wants to avoid me for too long because he’s getting towards the end of his career.
“What age is he? Thirty-two? What has he got left? Two or three years? This payday is his legacy.
“I don’t want to wait until December for him to win the fight, have his rest and then start negotiating because I’ll start training for the fight in early January.”
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn claimed they would be happy to agree terms for the fight “subject to Wilder beating Fury”.
But former world champion Fury was angered by the lack of talk about him facing Joshua next.
He said: “It is safe to say that neither Team Joshua or Matchroom will fight the Gypsy King.
“They mentioned if it is not Wilder it will be Dillian Whyte. But there was no mention of Tyson Fury, the lineal champion of the world.
“He is slow, methodical, ponderous at times. Powerful yes, but they all are.”
Joshua posted an emoji of a clown yesterday along with a screen grab showing that Fury has blocked him on Twitter.
In reality, Fury won’t be available to face British rival Joshua in April because if he beats Wilder then there is a rematch clause.
But if the American comes out on top he would be available for the Wembley mega-fight.
Hearn said: “I don’t want to be disrespectful, but Tyson Fury is the most unentertaining fighter I’ve ever seen. He’s never been in a good fight in his whole career.”
If a deal cannot be agreed with Wilder, then it is most likely Joshua will face Whyte in a rematch of his 2015 win.
Whyte is set to face Dereck Chisora on December 22 at the O2 in London.