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Wilder: I Still Want Joshua Fight If He Loses Ruiz Rematch

By Keith Idec

Deontay Wilder doesn’t think Anthony Joshua will win his rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr.

The unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion considers Joshua’s lack of confidence an irrefutable flaw that’ll lead to another knockout defeat for the former champ when he encounters Ruiz on December 7 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. But even if Ruiz beats Joshua again, Wilder will want to fight his heavyweight rival eventually.

“For sure,” Wilder told BoxingScene.com. “I’ll want to fight Joshua as long as he in the division. If he keep losing every time he fight, if it becomes like that, then that fight will never happen. But as far as now, there’s still an opportunity.”

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Joshua-Wilder was the most anticipated fight in boxing before Ruiz produced an epic upset June 1 at Madison Square Garden. It lost its luster once Ruiz knocked down Joshua four times and stopped the British superstar in the seventh round, but Wilder is convinced they can re-create a lot of interest in it at some point.

“Even if he loses against Ruiz, it’s still an opportunity,” said Wilder, who then would want to fight Ruiz first. “Even if he loses again to Ruiz, I still wanna fight him. But he can’t lose no more after that, or he’ll really, really be dropping. But it’s gonna be interesting to see what happens. He knows this is a crucial fight for him, that he must win this fight. I don’t think it’s over for him if he don’t win it, but it’s gonna be a long journey if he don’t win. We’ll see, but I still wanna fight him.”

The 33-year-old Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and the 29-year-old Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs), of Watford, England, figure to face multiple opponents apiece before their bout becomes a viable alternative again.

Two weeks before Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) and Joshua fight a second time, Wilder will engage in a rematch of his own. He’ll defend his title against Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz (31-1, 26 KOs, 2 NC) on November 23 in Las Vegas.

If Wilder defeats Ortiz again, he is expected to fight Tyson Fury in another rematch that could take place February 22. England’s Fury (28-0-1, 20 KOs) would have to defeat Sweden’s Otto Wallin (20-0, 13 KOs, 1 NC) on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to help keep his rematch with Wilder in place.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by jondacon on 09-12-2019

[QUOTE=factsarenice;20050595]Every time Wilder mentions Joshua's name I can't help but remember that he turned down a 12 million then 20, 50 and finally a $120 million dollar offer to fight Joshua and still refused. I really wish he would just…

Comment by uppercut510 on 09-12-2019

[QUOTE=makaveli1875;20052465]Do you think by constantly repeating this 120 million BS people will believe it . Post a link to a credible source detailing this 120 million offer that was turned down and people might take it seriously. Truth is either…

Comment by uppercut510 on 09-12-2019

aj fans are really hurt lmaoooooo look at them

Comment by champion4ever on 09-12-2019

[QUOTE=DaNeutral.;20052440]Yeah Joshua ducked Wilder, hid behind all those career high offers to Wilder including already signed contracts. Wilder turned down 120 million. You can pretend that didnt happen but to keep up your narrative you have to pretend that. And…

Comment by champion4ever on 09-12-2019

[QUOTE=Redd Foxx;20052423]It's an actual fact that people with usernames containing, "facts", "logic", and "truth" are the worst bullshytters on the forum. :D Seeing that is like a warning that you're about to read something worthless.[/QUOTE]Yes, I've noticed that! Thanks Foxx…

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