WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) is eager to get in the ring with his British rival - IBF, IBO, WBA champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs).
Both champions may be in action during the month of March.
Wilder is slated to make a voluntary defense against Cuba's Luis Ortiz on March 3rd at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. And Joshua is currently in talks for a potential unification with WBO world champion Joseph Parker of New Zealand.
Wilder has not been impressed with Joshua's level of competition. He feels that boxer's biggest win, over Wladimir Klitschko in April, was partially due to Klitschko's advanced age and long stint of inactivity.
Wilder would have liked to fight Joshua next, but that's not going to happen.
"We’re not going to be looking like we’re chasing. When you’re talking about the best fighting the best, champion fighting champion, it shouldn’t be like a circus. Let’s make this fight happen, no matter what the terms are. It ain’t like I ain’t done nothing. I’m the longest reigning (heavyweight) champion in the game, so put some respek on the name," Wilder told The Guardian.
“But they know I’m a risk. They don’t want to risk their gravy train. They can make money off turds not doing nothing. What does that tell you? You’re really just running it as a business. You ain’t no champion. In that case give up the belt and you can still do that. Give me the belts. Or fight.”
Joshua was in action in October, when he picked up a tenth round stoppage over mandatory challenger Carlos Takam in ten rounds. And then Wilder returned to the ring last month, when he blasted out mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne in the very first round of their rematch at Barclays Center. The first time around Stiverne was able to last the full twelve round distance.