Wilder Manager Sees Joshua or Fury as More Likely For 2020

Deontay Wilder is ready to "fight anyone" after his brutal World Boxing Council heavyweight title defence but a showdown with Anthony Joshua is unlikely to happen this year.

Wilder demolished Dominic Breazeale with a devastating first round knockout on Saturday, flooring his challenger with a thunderous right hand at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

The knockout led to renewed calls for Wilder to face WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO champion Joshua or take a rematch against Tyson Fury following the two fighters' bruising 12-round draw in Los Angeles last December.

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Wilder, who improved to 41-0-1 with 40 knockouts with Saturday's win, said afterwards he believed a fight with Joshua will happen eventually, urging fans to be patient.

"The great thing about this is all these fights are in discussion, no doors are closed, all teams, all parties that are involved are talking and that's the great thing about it," Wilder told reporters.

"We know when the big fights happen everything is going to be silenced. There's too many people involved, too many opinions involved right now.

"This fight will happen. The big fight will happen, I promise you that. I just want you guys to have patience and give us a little time to make this thing happen so we all benefit from it, not only just you fans."

Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel said the champion's next opponent would be decided shortly, with a rematch against Cuba's Luis Ortiz reportedly the most likely option.

While protracted negotiations over a possible Joshua showdown broke down, Finkel said Wilder remained enthusiastic about fighting the undefeated Briton.

"Deontay will fight anyone," Finkel said.

"He was willing to fight Joshua for very little. When someone wants to make a fight, they make it. Deontay isn't a man who makes excuses. We want to have the rematch with Fury, we want to fight Joshua, we want to fight every important heavyweight out there. At the end of the day, it's up to Anthony Joshua."

Speaking to BBC Sport, Finkel said a meeting with either Joshua or Fury was unlikely to happen this year.

"I would say probably next year but nothing's definite," he said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sid-Knee on 05-23-2019

[QUOTE=Robertthebruce;19760931]Wilders last voluntary was against Fury who is far better than Whyte. Before that he fought Ortiz and now he was forced to fight his mandatory Breazeale. Should Whyte become mandatory which he does deserve then I'm sure Wilder will…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 05-21-2019

this fight prob dont happen next year either

Comment by Tecnoworld on 05-21-2019

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;19760817]If Whyte beats Rivas, which is what he'll do, will you be of the opinion that he deserves a shot? You think power is all it takes to win a fight? You know nothing about history then. I'll point you…

Comment by Robertthebruce on 05-20-2019

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;19760797]There is something called a "Voluntary". Surely you know this? No one has earned it more than Whyte. That's a fact.[/QUOTE] Wilders last voluntary was against Fury who is far better than Whyte. Before that he fought Ortiz and now…

Comment by Brettcappe on 05-20-2019

[QUOTE=Noelanthony;19759004]Lol.... Ali G actually. It was a great performance simple as that I would be a hater if I said anything different. However what have we learned new about Wilder? In terms of one punch power nobody and I mean…

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