Exclusive: Johann Duhaupas wants to KO Anthony Joshua, eyes Deontay Wilder rematch
French heavyweight contender Johann Duhaupas put himself back in the win column last month after losing to Alexander Povetkin in a controversial December clash.
Duhaupas demolished David Gogishvili in just three rounds in Pori, Finland on the back of suffering a sixth round knockout to former world champion Povetkin following a late notice call-up.
Povetkin was initially due to face Bermane Stiverne in a WBC final eliminator until a failed drug test put the bout on hold and amazingly Duhaupas agreed to step in and take the challenge.
It proved to be the wrong decision for Duhaupas, who has since refreshed his record and wants to face new divisional king Anthony Joshua or set-up a second bout with WBC ruler Deontay Wilder.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ shipped more punches against ‘The Reptile’ than against any other foe and Duhaupas’ manager Mehdi Ameur believes that performance on US soil proves the Frenchman deserves to be at the very top level.
“Johann was very happy to fight in Finland and we are now beginning a three-fight series to ensure we can get back in the top four of the world rankings,” Ameur exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I hope in September Johann will be facing the number two with the WBC or can be the official challenger for a rematch versus Deontay Wilder.
“Johan has wanted a rematch since the first bout. Now he is ready to win, but we know Deontay will not accept after their last fight.”
In regards to Joshua, he added: “Johann wants to fight Anthony because he wants to prove he is very strong boxer. He wants to win by KO against Anthony, but again we know he will not accept because his promoter knows Johann is very dangerous and strong.”
Duhaupas himself then chipped in on a possible Joshua battle.
“I want to fight against an opponent who holds the titles and Anthony Joshua has shown that he was able to take blows of someone like Wladimir Klitschko. The question is, how much can he take?
“I respect Anthony very much and his style is one that I want to face. I want to show that I have my place among the best in the world.
“After my performance against Deontay Wilder, I will show I can beat Anthony by knockout.”
On Wilder, he stated: “Today, I am ready. Deontay Wilder does not answer my manager for a rematch, which is normal as he is afraid and he knows that I am a big risk.
“But I’m sure Anthony will accept a fight against the top French heavyweight if he wants to stay as champion,” said Duhaupas.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay