Wilder vs. Joshua Will Be Built Up as SHO PPV, Says Hearn

After his big knockout win last Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, Anthony Joshua feels ready to take on any of the world’s elite heavyweights.

In a first defence of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) heavyweight title, Joshua floored previously undefeated Dominic Breazeale twice in a comfortable seventh round knockout victory.

Such has been the rapid rise of Joshua, a gold medallist at the 2012 Olympics, that he is now talking about world title unification fights.


And it is hard to see who else will be left to fight if 26-year-old Joshua continues his astonishing run of knockouts, with Breazeale being his 17th stoppage victory from as many bouts since turning professional in October 2013.

But Joshua’s next fight is likely to be against New Zealand’s Joseph Parker, who is his mandatory challenger, while a fight against fellow Briton Tyson Fury has now been cast into doubt. Fury, 27, is due to fight former world No 1 Wladimir Klitschko later in the year after he last week pulled out a scheduled fight date of July 9 due to a sprained ankle.

Fury has not fought since November in which time Joshua has registered three knockouts, won a version of the world title and defended it once.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn plans to take the Briton overseas in the future and says a fight against Parker will happen in November at the earliest. He wants to eventually build up a huge pay-per-view unification with WBC champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35KOs), who on July 16th will defend his belt against Chris Arreola in Alabama.

"I've seen Deontay Wilder calling out AJ's name. That's a fight we'd like to build towards, a dual Pay-Per-View on Showtime in the US, and Sky here. We probably need a couple of more fights, maybe even a fight in America in early 2017," Hearn said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by vitali1999 on 06-30-2016

[QUOTE=Pan-Africanist;16829961]Breazeale couldn't beat his meat.[/QUOTE] If that were true Wilder would fight him after Arreola but he won't. Wilder wants a REAL bum

Comment by Boxing Logic on 06-30-2016

I thought PBC was supposed to be free? Or are those just the ishtty build up fights that they use as commercials to sucker you in for the PPVs? That's not a fair business model to the fans. I think…

Comment by Pan-Africanist on 06-30-2016

[QUOTE=vitali1999;16829142]If Breazeale is so bad then why didn't Wilder fight him ? OK I'll tell you. Because he was undefeated, higher ranked than anybody Wilder has fought in his title reign and tall with power. Wilder has yet to face…

Comment by daggum on 06-30-2016

boxing is a sport that simply can't survive in our fast paced do it now society.

Comment by SUBZER0ED on 06-30-2016

Wilder got caught with good shots from Duhaupas & Szpilka. If he gets caught with shots like that from someone who can punch like Joshua, It's bye' bye' bum squad.

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