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Joshua: Wilder is Definitely Going To Happen - Confident I'll Win!

IBF, WBA, IBO, WBO heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) is expecting the unification showdown with WBC champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) to happen at some point.

There were negotiations to have that contest take place in the fall, but the two sides were unable to agree on the money.

Now Joshua will defend his belts against WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin on September 22nd at Wembley in London.

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There is already a date for Joshua's next fight - April 13, also at Wembley.

If Joshua defeats Povetkin, then Wilder is going to be the target for April.

Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom, is already offering $15 million to Wilder for a 2019 mega-bout - but Wilder is not satisfied with the current terms being presented.

"I'm ready, I'm focused, I'm confident that I'll get there [to a Wilder fight], and I'm confident that I'll win once I do get there. So let's talk about it until the cows come home because that fight is definitely going to happen," Joshua told Sky Sports.

"We all hear the ins and outs. Ultimately I am interested in who I'm fighting, and when I'm fighting. It's a simple business. They provide good, worthy opponents for me, and Povetkin is one of them.

"Povetkin - everybody knows who he is. If you're a boxing fan you know he's an Olympic gold medallist, a world title challenger, one defeat. A real interesting competitor. And everybody knows where this is heading, providing I win. Providing I am victorious, we're onto the big time."

According to Hearn, there has still been no movement with respect to a Wilder agreement.

Hearn, at least for the moment, is not prepared to raise the monetary offer of $15 million.

"We haven't made any progress. They still have the contract. They can sign the contract and it's done for April 13. But we will be in control of our destiny. I don't know what he's doing," Hearn said.

"Make no mistake Povetkin is a dangerous fight, particularly when people are talking about Wilder and now Jarrell Miller. Joshua has got to stay focused. He is on it. As you saw, he's ready to go."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by cameltoe on 07-19-2018

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18950400]Anthony Joshua isn't a global brand, though. He's a UK brand, and he may actually be a European brand at this point, but his US interest is nowhere near where you seem to think it is, and the press conference…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 07-19-2018

[QUOTE=cameltoe;18950220]You’re serious aren’t you? That’s terrifying. Just look at the global brand AJ has become without Wilder, and prior to any talk of Wilder. Wilder has been desperately mentioning AJ at every turn to raise his profile. Without AJ, he’s…

Comment by cameltoe on 07-19-2018

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18950120]Deontay Wilder is Anthony Joshua's key to breaking the American market, and breaking into the American market is how Joshua has the chance to be a billion dollar fighter. Because, without Wilder, Joshua is going to be on the same…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 07-19-2018

[QUOTE=cameltoe;18950072]Ok, you Wilder fans will never be convinced. Let’s look forward to their next fights. AJ against a dangerous, former HW champion, Olympic gold medalist that has only lost once to the best HW fighter in this era... ...And Wilder…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 07-19-2018

[QUOTE=Oshio;18949678]Rightly so. He got 50% because Joshua knew that he needed Klitschko more than the way Klitschko needed him. He knew that he was the B side in that match. Wilder needs Joshua more but he's deluded thinking that he's…

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