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Wilder: Joshua Wants One More Payday Before Fighting Me

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder can't wait to get IBF, WBA, IBO world champion Anthony Joshua into the ring.

He's just not sure when it's going to happen.

"I just want to prove who is the best, that's all I want to do," Wilder said. "I want people to see a great fight and witness the two best heavyweights compete with each other one night in the ring."

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Wilder, who is coming off an impressive first-round knockout of Bermane Stiverne, said his representatives have been in contact with Joshua's camp, and the two sides are exploring ways to stage the heavyweight unification fight.

"I think they're hesitant for a reason," Wilder said. "They've got a great thing going. He can fight literally a guy who doesn't even have a name and can make millions and millions of dollars off him. Why would they risk taking a chance with the most dangerous heavyweight in the division?"

There are other obstacles to the fight, as well, including whether to hold it in England or in the U.S. and on what pay-per-view network. Wilder's camp has indicated their fighter would have to get more money than Joshua, too, because he has proven his ability to sell huge amounts of tickets in England.

There's also the feeling that both fighters should fight once more — perhaps on the same night — to build up more anticipation for the bout.

"They want a warmup fight," Wilder said. "Joshua's last performance was OK, but it wasn't his best. They want to redeem that and they want to make at least one more good payday before fighting me."

Joshua fought last month, stopping Carlos Takam in the 10th round of a sloppy fight in Wales. A week later, Wilder destroyed Stiverne in New York to keep his share of the heavyweight crown.

Stiverne, who lost his title to Joshua in their first fight, was criticized for being out of shape and didn't land a punch. But Wilder showed his brute power in stopping him in the first round.

"It was a devastating knockout," Wilder said. "Being able to put on a spectacular performance like I did put the icing on the cake. The heavyweight division was once in a dark place but now it is coming into the light. It's exciting and I can't wait to make it even more exciting."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Nomadic on 11-20-2017

[QUOTE=Earl-Hickey;18224010]Nope cos hes american and they all wanna ride his bbc[/QUOTE] Didn't know he had a U.K. channel.:loser:

Comment by uppercut510 on 11-20-2017

AJ makin that cheese, sucks but I understand why he doesn't want the fight next, hopefully summer 2018 in the UK, it will be LIT!!! and why are Joshua fans so distraught that he thinks his race is superior but…

Comment by W1LL on 11-20-2017

Statement doesn't make sense.

Comment by RapidSon on 11-20-2017

[QUOTE=Raggamuffin;18224772]That fight was never a reality or ever discussed. That just a lie created by Joshua's fans.[/QUOTE] The fight was sorta discussed in a interview with Wladmir. Its on youtube. Some reporter asked him about a potential fight but Wlad…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 11-20-2017

Theres gonna be reports on this every day till the fight happens

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