Wilder: I don’t want Joshua to lose against Parker, I actually like him as much as Fury!

Joshua v Wilder 30/01/2018

WBC champion Deontay Wilder is hoping Anthony Joshua comes through his clash with Joseph Parker on March 31 to set up a massive unification by the end of 2018.

‘The Bronze Bomber’ says he holds no ill-feeling towards Joshua and has respect for the Londoner in a similar vein to his other heavyweight rival, current Ring Magazine title holder Tyson Fury.

“I wouldn’t dare curse that he loses because people want to see the best fight the best. I want the heavyweight division to stay lit up as it has been and stay exciting like it is,” Wilder told Sky Sports.

“I don’t dislike Anthony Joshua. I don’t hate the guy, I actually like him, just as much as I like Tyson Fury.

“I think he has done a tremendous job with what he’s done in his country and I am proud to see they are praising another black man for his accomplishments because you just don’t see that much these days.

“Being that he’s a champion and I am a champion it’s about time the division had one champion. One guy that takes it all, just one master of the division, one king on the throne and that’s why I really want this fight to happen,” he added.

Wilder will be ringside working with Showtime and Sky Sports for the spring battle between Joshua and Parker before a potential fight in the UK for himself against Dillian Whyte in July.

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