Exclusive: Deontay Wilder talks Joshua-Klitschko, gives prediction
WBC heavyweight champion of the world, Deontay Wilder is excited to see what happens when Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko go head-to-head at the end of the year.
An encounter between world title holder Joshua and former king Klitschko is currently in talks for December 10 following the collapse of a bout for the latter against Tyson Fury and Wilder will be an interested spectator come fight night.
Wilder is currently back in tentative training following surgery on his hand and bicep following victory over Chris Arreola and will have an eye on facing the winner of Joshua v Klitschko in 2017.
“I’ve been hearing about that fight but I also heard Klitschko v Lucas Browne,” Wilder exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I think Klitschko v Joshua would be an interesting fight, though and If I had to pick somebody I’d have to go with the younger guy. I’d go with Joshua to win just off Klitschko’s performance against Fury.
“Klitschko was always known to fight the shorter guys because he has a problem with taller fighters. He was a lot more cautious against those taller fighters than he was against the shorter fighters.
“Anthony is a younger, stronger heavyweight but it will be interesting. I’d love to see that fight.
Asked whether he believes undefeated Joshua could accomplish a knockout against wily veteran Klitschko, Wilder added: “Of course, this is the heavyweight division and everybody’s capable of doing that. That’s why this it’s the most dangerous division in the sport of boxing.
“It only takes one punch with these heavyweights as everything over 200 pounds coming full force at you, man it’s lights out for anybody if they don’t know what they are doing or have enough defense.”
He continued: “A man can only take so many punches as the head is not meant to be hit in the first place. When you’ve got size and power coming at you with bad intentions, then your head can only withstand so much until it falls. We’re humans at the end of the day, we’re not robots.
“If you do take all those punches, then later on in your years it will affect you. The object of boxing is to hit and not be hit. A lot of guys want to show how tough they are for the fans and stuff like that, but later on, they suffer the consequences of that, rather than going in there to do what you got to do and not get hit to get out of there as you came in.
“We’ve got a lot of guys in this division who want to show how tough they are and both Joshua and Klitschko can hit,” pointed out Wilder.
The latest update from promoter Eddie Hearn had Joshua v Klitschko at 70-30 to be made, whilst WBN heard on good authority that the fight is being eyed for the December date – unless something has drastically changed over the weekend.