Deontay Wilder confirms Anthony Joshua fight will happen
By Craig Page: Deontay Wilder says a fight between him and Anthony Joshua will occur at some point in the future. It’s too big for it not to happen.
Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) revealed that a fight against Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) was offered to him recently, but he was already scheduled to face Robert Helenius on October 15th, so it wasn’t the right time.
Wilder feels that a fight between him and Joshua will be huge, even now with both of them coming off consecutive defeats. The Boxing world wants to see them fight.
Deontay says if he successfully beats Helenius (31-3, 20 KOs) this Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, he’d prefer to challenge IBF, WBA & WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk for his three titles next if it’s offered to him.
“I’m still in the business; Joshua’s still in the business. People always tell me, ‘When are you going to fight Joshua?’ That’s the biggest fight in the world between us, still. So it ain’t ‘if’, it’s just ‘when,'” said Deontay Wilder to Kate Abdo.
“I know I didn’t get him full as always, but I got him enough to where I saw his eyes roll into the back of his head,” said Deontay to Cigar Talk about his 12th round knockdown of Tyson Fury in their first fight in 2018.
“At that moment of time, I just knew it was over with, but in this business, because it’s a business, you have people do things that they’re not supposed to do it because of the sport and not because of what they’re supposed to do.
“The referee, I think he gave him [Fury] way too much time. He says I won all the rounds, in his opinion, and all that. He says the only reason he did what he did was because it was the best for the sport. That’s not fair to me.
“Then when you see him judge any other fights after that, he waves them off quick. Nevertheless, it brought greatness to the trilogy. It was one of the best trilogies, and a lot of other people have said the same things.
“But there are a lot of challenges and difficulties I’ve had to face in this business that wasn’t fair to me. I don’t have to go into it. Just know this business, it’s a cold world, this business,” said Wilder.
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