Anthony Joshua bites back, sends out firm A-side warnings to Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker
Anthony Joshua has finally responded to recent call-outs by fellow-champions Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker.
Following the WBA, IBF and IBO title holder’s victory over Carlos Takam, in which ‘AJ’ was taken to 10 rounds for only the second time in his career, Wilder, Parker and even Tyson Fury have been scrambling to secure a massive paycheck against the number one heavyweight.
A few days of silence on the back of Wilder battering Bermane Stiverne in one round have brought a response from Joshua on the day Parker held a press conference to officially declare his unification intentions.
“If Wilder’s not making an offer we’ll do it on my terms. Present him with an offer, and see how they feel about that offer,” Joshua told AP.
“That only goes to the champions: Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker. It’s the same situation to both of them.
“It’s no problem if Wilder wants to fight early next year, but no offers have been made to me. There has never been an offer. Everyone says they want to fight, and then sits back and waits for me to do all the homework.
“What we then have to do – which Eddie’s doing – is fly out to the United States to make time.
“No offers have been made from their or our side; we had a mandatory in place, and now we’re taking the time and effort to get the ball rolling.
“There’s one thing talking and acting, but negotiations don’t happen over social media. We’re now making the moves forward.”
On his future ambitions, Joshua added: “I’m serious about becoming undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. We’re just making sure that a lot of these guys who are making noise will back up what they’re saying.”
Wilder and Parker are both hoping to land 50-50, if not close to equal purses for the contest, although judging by Joshua and promoter Eddie Hearn’s media responses either are unlikely to get anywhere near that for a UK Pay-Per-View blockbuster.
Despite holding recognized belts, Wilder and Parker would be looked upon as the B-Side of any Joshua battle held on British shores.