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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.

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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 Sid-Knee on 05-09-2018

[QUOTE=5000boxing;18754198]Wladimir is retired. So that makes wilder the most dangerous.. you said it yourself. Which means, there's no difference!... they need each other! Forget your babble.. I wanna see the fight. Not argue about another mans money.. greed and fear…

Comment by 5000boxing on 05-09-2018

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;18751435]You don't sound dumb as hell, you just are... Wilder/Ortiz didn't sell out. There were still plenty of tickets left for sale when they got in the ring. Of courses Wilder did more views in the states, he's the American.…

Comment by Jimmy gold on 05-09-2018

When is chump squad coming out of hiding ? Is he scared aj called that clowns bluff what a Buffon he’s all talk no wonder the brits call Americans wankers lol

Comment by Just looking on 05-08-2018

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;18751548]AJ doesn't need to say the contract has to be to his liking, it's a given anyway. Every fighter that accepts money offered to them doesn't say anything about the contract because it's a given. So you want Joshua to…

Comment by Sid-Knee on 05-08-2018

[QUOTE=Just looking;18751529]Didn't even read before replying, huh? How hard and how time consuming would be to say "but the contract has to be to my liking". You are trying hard to make yourself a joke, don't you?[/QUOTE] AJ doesn't need…

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