Joshua: It's My Career, It's Not Determined By What People Want

IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO champion Anthony Joshua is getting a lot of pressure from fans, who want him to face WBC champion Deontay Wilder.

Instead, Joshua is taking on WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin on September 22nd at Wembley in London.

“Let them train to be a fighter and fight Wilder,” Joshua told AP. “It’s easy talking about it. It’s another thing doing.” 

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In June, the World Boxing Association ordered Joshua to fight Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs) or have his title stripped away.

Joshua felt the right move for his career, at the moment, was the Povetkin contest.

“This career isn’t determined by what people want,” Joshua said. “It’s my career. I’ve always pulled for and done what was right for myself, which has ultimately led me to becoming a champion.”

Joshua says his motivation in boxing is not to make as much money as possible and walk away.

“It’s not about the big light,” Joshua said. “It’s not about taking from the industry. I don’t want to drive a Rolls-Royce tomorrow. I don’t want a one-hit fight wonder, then I’m a champion one week and few months later I’ve lost it because I’m living the life. I want to add to the industry, give back. I do it because I’m passionate about it.” 

Wilder accepted a flat fee of 15 million and offered Joshua a guaranteed $50 million, plus 50 percent of the revenue if the fight took place in the U.S. Joshua wanted England. Wilder agreed.

More negotiations took place. Each side says something different transpired — Wilder said Joshua sent blank contracts missing a date or place; Joshua said Wilder didn’t meet the deadline. There was also a disputed rematch clause.

Wilder's return is now scheduled for fall, but the opponent has yet to be determined. He may face his WBC mandatory, which is currently Dominic Breazeale.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 5000boxing on 07-25-2018

[QUOTE=Laligalaliga;18966303]So why are you disturbing the forum when the world is on your side. You should be chilling and observing instead trying to convince people to buy into your idea of ego massage. The contract is still in the US,…

Comment by Laligalaliga on 07-25-2018

[QUOTE=5000boxing;18965885]Lmao.. tmz put AJ on blast! Almost every fighter says AJ gets koed.. every analyst says AJ gets koed... only team hearn an AJ'S man fans are riding with AJ.. wake up moron.. very few people agree with you.. the…

Comment by champion4ever on 07-25-2018

Today's generations of fighters have too much bi[B]t[/B]c[B]h[/B] in them. Man [B]f[/B]u[B]c[/B]k it just fight! Damn the purse split and the venue. If you are so confident you can defeat him, then give him what ever he wants; Unless you…

Comment by 5000boxing on 07-25-2018

[QUOTE=Laligalaliga;18963908]If not that you are retard and out of touch, a 15mil was gladly accepted. Why? Because it's the real offer and a contract was sent across. Wilder slept over it and came up with the excuse that because it's…

Comment by Laligalaliga on 07-24-2018

[QUOTE=5000boxing;18962014]One guy is offering 12.5 the other responds with 50 million he asked for. One guy turns down the offer to take a paycut to fight in u. K for the fans.. then offers wilders 15 million.. lol.. then he…

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