Joshua: "95%" Certain That Wilder Fight Will Happen in 2018

British superstar Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) is "95 percent" certain a unification showdown with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) will happen before the end of the year.

The two heavyweights hold all of the major belts between them but, despite talks taking place over a money-spinning bout, a deal is yet to be finalized.

A few weeks ago, Wilder posted a video offering his rival a guarantee of $50 million to face him, though Eddie Hearn – Joshua's promoter – branded the proposal as nothing more than a "PR move", albeit he did accept it should still be taken seriously.


Speaking after Tony Bellew's victory over David Haye at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday, Joshua declared himself optimistic about the negotiation process, despite a disagreement over the location for the fight.

Joshua feels very confident that a Wilder contest will happen at some point in the year, but he doesn't exactly state that it will happen next.

"The fight is going to happen, 95 percent this year," the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO holder told Sky Sports Box Office.

"I'm really, really, really interested.

"You can't talk about finances anymore because I'm well aware there is financial gain in this fight. So, let's put that aside and look at the devil in the detail.

"You can't just offer me a buy-out clause. I'm not here to sell my belts, let you take control of the event - that's not what I'm about.

"Let's build this fight to its true potential. I want the fight in the UK and they want it in America.

"We've got a long time to finalize it, because it will [potentially happen at the end of the year]. We're working tirelessly on it."

If the contest does not take place, then Joshua would likely have to make a mandatory defense against Olympic gold medal winner Alexander Povetkin of Russia.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Acpollar on 06-05-2018

Wow..what part of it didn't you understand???? You have to do better with your insults...lmao

Comment by Sid-Knee on 06-05-2018

[QUOTE=5000boxing;18832331]The contract has to make sense!!! Wtf.. am i arguing with a promoter or a bytch with sand in her v*gina? U sound dumb as f*ck making comments like that.. stop talking about money.. you dont understand it and u…

Comment by 5000boxing on 06-05-2018

[QUOTE=uppercut510;18832322]yeah a poster here called wilder broke, im like bro yo azz has never had over $100,000 let alone $10,000 at once. I guess this is the new boxing fan trend! a bunch of clowns. this whole ordeal brought out…

Comment by 5000boxing on 06-05-2018

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;18754274]Forget my babble? You mean me correcting you on your bullsh*t? AJ has no fear of Wilder. He wants the fight. But the contract has to make sense. This fight will happen eventually, and I can't wait. It's going to…

Comment by uppercut510 on 06-05-2018

[QUOTE=5000boxing;18832317]I never knew AJ had some many promoter fans! An accountants!! Like when did it become cool to worry about anothers man money... I don't have the time.. I have my own money to worry about.. this shyte just looks…

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