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Deontay Wilder Says He Wants Anthony Joshua fight in next year

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Deontay Wilder is willing to sign a fight deal to face Anthony Joshua next after co-manager Shelly Finkel revealed the news in a world exclusive to WBN.

Former WBC heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder has revealed his preferred opponent to begin 2023. British-born former heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua is the key goal for Wilder and his crew in 2023.

Joshua misplaced the WBO, WBA, IBF, and IBO heavyweight boxing fight on TV titles to Oleksandr Usyk ultimate year and became defeated within the rematch this year. A combat between Joshua and Wilder has been within the works for several years and at a time they each held all five belts within the heavyweight department.

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The fight did now not materialize and each opponents are actually former champions in the division. Wilder lately produced a devastating knockout against Robert Helenius and now wants the fight in opposition to Joshua subsequent.

The urgency for the fight towards Joshua changed into made regarded by Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel in an interview with World Boxing.

Deontay Wilder wants Anthony Joshua next

“Deontay is willing to fight Anthony Joshua subsequent,” Finkel advised World Boxing News in a international-distinct interview. “We could take that fight in the UK or the Middle East, and we can do it next.

“We have the WBC eliminator with Ruiz, and we can do this, but we need the Joshua combat. Eddie Hearn said he contacted me in August, however we had the [Robert] Helenius combat.

“We announced it that month and stated we won’t talk to all people till after the Helenius combat. Eddie knew this however nevertheless said he had contacted us.

“Now we’re inclined to speak to make a deal for Joshua next.”

Asked whether or not Joshua probably facing Dillian Whyte in a rematch had any referring to his thoughts, Finkel brought: “Whyte didn’t look suitable [on Saturday night versus Jermaine Franklin], so why would Joshua want to take that combat?

“Deontay wishes the fight subsequent. We’ve been attempting because 2017 to get the Joshua fight. Let’s make a deal and do the combat. The fans need to see it, so why not?”

Premier Boxing Champions promoter Al Haymon lobbied with the World Boxing Council to sanction a semi-final event offering Wilder and Ruiz. Both got here via their respective fights and had been legal to combat for a hazard to meet Tyson Fury.

Wilder has already fought Fury three times. However, Finkel says they may undergo with the Ruiz/Fury plan if AJ doesn’t come to the table.

They will then look to combat Joshua once more or look forward to the sanction from the WBC to satisfy Fury.

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The Ruiz fight is there, and we will do it if we can’t get Joshua. But even if Deontay beats Ruiz, we are still willing to fight Joshua.

We are worried that he might want another tune-up if he fights Whyte and doesn’t look good. So we should go straight into that fight next.

We understand Eddie could want the Whyte fight [as Joshua has lost twice to Usyk], but the fans would like to see Deontay Wilder vs Anthony Joshua, and we are willing to do it.

Let’s make a deal,” he concluded.

Wilder vs Joshua is a long-drawn-out saga that reached its peak in 2018. WBN was at the forefront as Finkel, and his team did all they could to get the fight over the line.

In the end, Joshua walked away to face Alexander Povetkin after the WBA enforced a mandatory. WBA President Gilberto Mendoza later revealed to WBN that they would have granted it for the Wilder fight if Joshua had asked for an exception.

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