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Warren To Joshua: Don't Fight, Wait For Wilder-Fury Winner

Anthony Joshua should ignore his mandatory challengers and wait to face the winner of the February 22 clash between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, according to Frank Warren, Fury’s promoter.

After regaining his WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF heavyweight titles from Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia this month, Joshua was ordered by the WBO and IBF to face their mandatory challengers – Oleksandr Usyk and Kubrat Pulev respectively.

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It seems most likely that his next fight will be with Pulev in London, probably in May, but Warren says Joshua should wait for the result of Wilder-Fury 2 and then face the winner in what would be one of the richest fights in history.

“Everybody knows, and it showed 100% in New York, if he gets clipped on the chin he’ll go.” Warren said. “His tactics were spot on for his last fight, 100%, but he fought a guy who came in 15 or 16lb heavier [than when he won the title] and admits he never trained, by his own admission.

“If I was Anthony Joshua I wouldn’t fight again until we know the winner of this fight - and then make them make that fight.

“I’d let them strip me of my titles and not fight anybody until the big one. The one thing about Pulev - he can whack. Usyk is a small guy, 32 years of age and good boxer.

“So I would say, I want to fight the winner of our fight [Wilder-Fury II]. Get all the parties together, work something out, maybe some step aside money. That’s what I would do. Because that’s what the public want, they want to know who is the No 1.

“The No 3 and the No 4 fought in Saudi. The No 1 and No 2 are fighting on February 22.”

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by P4Pdunny on 01-03-2020

imagine taking advice from this guy, he tells other promoters fighters to do things that he would never advise his fighters

Comment by Inspired on 01-01-2020


Comment by Oshio on 01-01-2020

Would Warren do say the same thing if Joshua was fighting under his banner? If he would, goes to show how terrible he is as a promoter

Comment by Straightener on 12-31-2019

Yeh great idea warren then Joshua will have to wait for the guaranteed third fury wilder fight to take place

Comment by Thraxox on 12-31-2019

:lol1::lol1: at the comments. They really want Joshua to crash and burn after swearing that Ruiz will knock Joshua again.

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