‘UK first, then USA – If I was Deontay Wilder, I’d grab this great deal!’ – Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua is ready to present his deal to Deontay Wilder for a massive undisputed clash in the United Kingdom this summer.
‘AJ’ isn’t messing about since defeating Joseph Parker and says he only wants to fight Deontay Wilder next in his bid to grab all the heavyweight belts.
“I don’t know about Wilder and how serious he is. If Wilder offered me the deal I’m going to offer him – to come and fight for four belts, with a great rematch clause and a great up-front clause – I would grab that with both hands,” Joshua told Sky Sports News. “I would be over the moon with a deal like that, so it will be interesting to see how he takes it.”
On the venue and whether he’d fight in the UK, Joshua added: “Yes definitely. Being world champion means you fight anywhere and everywhere.
“But I like the fact UK boxing is booming and we’ve cornered the market. I’m happy being based here and I think the first one has to be based in the UK – hopefully at Wembley or Cardiff. “
Despite being ordered to face Alexander Povetkin within 150 days, Joshua has already ruled out facing the Russian and hopes to negotiate a stay of execution with President Gilberto Mendoza.
Joshua wants to delay the fight until 2019 but remains confident he could deal with the much shorter man.
“The only person Povetkin has lost to is Wladimir Klitschko. Povetkin’s a big puncher. He’s small – Mike Tyson-esque,” he pointed out.
“But I think he can just punch. It was the same with Parker – I felt all he wanted to do was just land one shot. He knew he couldn’t outbox me or outsmart me.
“I’ll be smarter than Povetkin but he still possesses that threat to come and execute that one punch knock-out,” added Joshua.