Deontay Wilder believes he’s fully in the driving seat with negotiations for a future fight with Anthony Joshua.
The WBC heavyweight champion, who originally chased a clash with Joshua unsuccessfully over the summer, says the tables have now turned.
Following his amazing draw with Tyson Fury, Wilder is confident he can eventually land the fight when he wants it.
“They’re definitely begging now. He’s trying to reach out all of a sudden,” Wilder told Joe Rogan’s podcast.
“His management are still trying to reach out to mine as well. He could have had this opportunity, he had many opportunities. He could have fought Luis Ortiz, he could have fought me, he had a chance to fight Tyson Fury.
“But people want to know who’s the best, especially after seeing this Fury fight. I’ve been trying to show people who is the best. I’m always going to say I’m the best until I’m defeated.
“I wanted to bring the heavyweight division back to America. There was a time when nobody knew who the heavyweight champion was.
“To come to L.A and bring out all the stars, that’s what it’s all about.”
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) December 11, 2018
As thing currently stand, a rematch with Fury looks firmly on the cards for the late spring as Joshua readies for his own outing on April 13.
Wilder v Fury II has been sanctioned by the World Boxing Council and WBN understands contact is constant between both sides.
Joshua may be forced to wait until the Wilder v Fury saga, predicted to be a trilogy, is over before finally getting his crack at the number one spot.
For now, Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora, Kubrat Pulev and possibly Luis Ortiz lie in the immediate future for the 2012 Olympic champion.
Ortiz, a former Wilder opponent, has emerged as a possibility due to Joshua’s desire to nail down the bigger names in the division.
Even former foe Wladimir Klitschko has been mentioned in the conversation.
More will be revealed after December 22 when Whyte and Chisora rematch.