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Apr
2019

Deontay Wilder confident Anthony Joshua fight happens ‘at the right time’

World Boxing News 30/03/2019
Deontay Wilder

📸 Amanda Westcott

Deontay Wilder says a fight with Anthony Joshua will happen as the boxing world awaits an undisputed heavyweight unification.

‘The Bronze Bomber’ has been unlucky in missing out on a Joshua clash, whilst recently saw a rematch with Tyson Fury fall apart.

Wilder is facing Dominic Breazeale on May 18 in New York. The American is unfazed at being forced to wait for his opportunity.

“If everything can be worked out that would be amazing. The conversation isn’t ever closed. Nothing is ever out of the conversation,” Wilder told Richard Poxon’s recent Poxcast.

“Sometimes things take time and ego plays a part, but things come together at the right time.

“I believe in the right appointed time. I can tell you right now that I’m 33 and this is my time.

“Everything that’s owed to me, will come two-times fold. You all going to be a witness to see it.”

Elaborating further in an interview with The Schmo, Wilder explained what it would take for the pair to eventually share a ring.

“How can you do negotiations, a deal, if we don’t know what the other party is doing? Whatever the fight was worth, let’s say $3, and you give me $1 and he gets the rest of the pot – I’m lowering my standards. That’s not right to me,” Wilder told The Schmo in a video one-on-one.

“Like I said, and I’ll say it again, the only way this fight is going to happen is if it’s 50/50. I don’t care what it is.

“At this point in time, it ain’t even about the belts. I’m the hottest, most talked about fighter in the world right now and I got one belt.

“I got the one belt that means more than all the other belts. That’s that green WBC belt. The most precious and beautiful belt in boxing.

“Every great fighter has had this belt. If they want to correct, it’s going to be right down the line,” he concluded.

EXCEPTION

Bob Arum and Frank Warren are hopeful of landing Wilder for the return with Fury by the beginning of 2020.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn may have alternative ideas on that matter. Wilder may be well advised to brace himself for a huge AJ offer in the second half of 2019.

Mandatories with Kubrat Pulev and Oleksandr Usyk will not come into the equation for AJ should the Briton ask the IBF and WBO for an exception to face Wilder.

Listen to the latest episodes of the Boxing Poxcast with Richard Poxon on Spotify here

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