Frank Warren Gives His Take on Joshua vs. Wilder Falling Apart

By Frank Warren, courtesy of The Daily Star

ANTHONY JOSHUA and Deontay Wilder are not facing each other next – and the big losers are the fans.

A heavyweight unification fight between two unbeaten champions is a clash everyone can get excited about.

Now is the time for it to happen and not risk waiting. As I said months ago, Joshua will face his WBA mandatory Alexander Povetkin next instead of Wilder.


But what happens if AJ loses? Or what happens if Wilder slips up against whoever he faces next?

A massive money fight is down the drain and, more importantly, the fans miss out on what could have been a blockbuster.

If Joshua faced Wilder now they could have two or three fights. Then the person who comes out on top could take on Tyson Fury.

“A massive money fight is down the drain and, more importantly, the fans miss out on what could have been a blockbuster”

The former world champion would have completed the comeback process by then and been ready for a bout to decide the true king of the division.

But why is Joshua against Wilder not happening?

Wilder’s team say it’s down to Joshua’s side insisting on a rematch for their man should Wilder beat him but no rematch for the American if he loses.

That doesn’t sound fair. Wilder was willing to travel to the UK and take less money than he feels he deserves for the fight.

His team even offered Joshua £37m to fight in the US as a guaranteed sum with the potential to earn even more.

And if Wilder won he would have granted him a rematch with a guarantee of £23m – that’s crazy money.

It is strange for a British fighter to turn down such huge sums and you have to wonder why they have decided to do so.

Will it ever happen? I’m not sure as there are a lot of conflicts of interest but it definitely should.

Meanwhile, back to what we are planning.

Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement this week as we reveal a big card at the O2 in London for September 15.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by club fighter on 07-08-2018

[QUOTE=Jkp;18922595]Audley Harrison is another UK hype job that got exposed. Aj will follow in there for foot steps very soon[/QUOTE] Funny you mention him, Wilder ended his career back in 2013. I forgot about him, but he was pretty forgettable…

Comment by MDPopescu on 07-08-2018

[QUOTE=Abovetheclouds;18920894]Winner gets to fight Fury ����[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=mmamachine;18921133]Lol at the comments regarding Warren being unbiased �� Imagine if he was AJs promoter, it would be a different article then. I just hope they fight next in April, still plenty of time…

Comment by Songbird on 07-08-2018

one b side promoter who cant understand how the a side fighter works

Comment by Jkp on 07-08-2018

[QUOTE=club fighter;18921324]I keep telling you people that the Brits learned from the Frank Bruno thing. As soon as he crossed the pond he got smoked, and wasn't worth much after that. Hell he even got smoked at home. A big…

Comment by lion33lit on 07-08-2018

Warren is no fool. He sees the situation as clearly as Parker, Lennox and an X-Ray tech... The AJ android has components that are rattling to no end, it can only re-boot in FEAR when it comes to Wilder.......Eddie has…

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