Joshua: Wilder is The Fight I Want, The Fight That Should Happen

IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has admitted he has to fight Deontay Wilder in order to be considered the best heavyweight on the planet.

Joshua was in talks to face the WBC heavyweight titleholder in a multi-million-pound unification bout earlier this year.

However, the pair’s representatives failed to come to terms, which prompted the WBA to order Joshua to face Alexander Povetkin.


Joshua saw off the challenge of the durable Russian back in September at Wembley Stadium, stopping him in the seventh round of a thoroughly entertaining affair.

The manner of his victory over Povetkin, who had only ever tasted defeated to Wladimir Klitschko prior to facing ‘AJ’, strengthened fans’ calls for him to face Wilder.

Joshua himself is keen to take on ‘The Bronze Bomber’, who he believes he has to do battle with to solidify his legacy.

“Yeah,” he said when asked if he wants to fight Wilder next.

“That would be the ideal fight for the fans, for myself and for my legacy. So yeah, why not? Nothing’s signed, nothing’s sealed. I don’t like to give people false news.

“But that’s the fight I want, that’s the fight we want and that’s the fight that should happen.”

Joshua is scheduled to make the next defence of his heavyweight titles at Wembley on April 13, while Wilder will defend his WBC crown against Tyson Fury on December 1, in the main event of a Showtime Pay-Per-View card from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Joshua is still willing to face his fellow Olympian even if Fury defies the odds and hands him his first professional loss, saying: “Yeah, [I want Wilder next]. Even if he lost I’d still fight him."

Should Fury win, there is an immediate rematch clause that Wilder would likely exercise - and that would rule out either man fighting Joshua in April.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bobby Deez on 11-27-2018

When you turn down 50 million clams. You know you ain't want it, cuz.

Comment by Sid-Knee on 11-27-2018

[QUOTE=Squ□redCircle34;19301823]Nah I wouldn’t care to tell you nothing! Your known as a AJ dîçk slurper and Hearns sperm burper! Everything you say about these topics is pure bias![/QUOTE] So you can't tell me what he said that was wrong? Of…

Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 11-27-2018

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;19299439]Would you care to tell me what AJ said that made you post this load of nonsense? You Wilder fans are really creepy, man.[/QUOTE] Nah I wouldn’t care to tell you nothing! Your known as a AJ dîçk slurper and…

Comment by Little Mac 91 on 11-27-2018

Joshua be like "i want a fight with Wilder and my security guards if he violates the restraining order by coming near me"

Comment by MinuteMaid5 on 11-27-2018

[QUOTE=just the facts;19297267]So why is team Joshua so afraid of this fight happening?[/QUOTE] I dont feed into the rumors bro i want the fight to happen like the rest of boxing fans

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