Every since Anthony Joshua won the IBF Heavyweight title from Charles Martin the talk of his potential opponents has pretty much centered around WBC Champion Deontay Wilder. Joshua, from the UK, and Wilder, the US, is by far the biggest fight that can be made in the Heavyweight division on a global scale. The discussions about this fight on social media are generally heated back and forth banter in which the two sides can’t agree on anything other than somebody is “ducking” the other guy and of course it isn’t their guy doing the ducking.
Wilder, just last night dispatched of Bermane Stiverne, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, by demolition with a 1st round knockout in a fight that most enthusiasts felt should’ve never even happened.
Joshua, the current IBF, IBO and WBA Champion, just defended his title’s last month against the IBF number 3 contender Carlos Takam by 10th Round stoppage. A fight that Wilder was able to watch on Showtime Boxing.
3 Kings Boxing was able to catch up with Wilder, following his demolition of Stiverne, and get his take on Joshua’s performance and how he feels a fight between him and the UK superstar would go;
“He will show courage until he runs out of gas, then it’s life and death for him (against me,)” said the Alabama native. “Once he’s tired, I see him giving up. Once that happens, I’m going to turn up the heat on him and it’s a wrap. They may throw in the towel.”
“Joshua beat Klitschko when he had no belts,” said Wilder. “And he was coming off a long layoff and the loss to Tyson (Fury.).I’ve seen a lot I can exploit in Joshua that I’ll keep it to myself, but he ain’t ready for me.”
“It’s the perfect time to display my talents as the real champion,” said Wilder, 32. “After witnessing my skills, athleticism and power, fans can make direct comparisons. So, the truth will reveal itself that I’m the chosen king of the division.”
Following his fight against Takam in Cardiff Wales Joshua was asked about Wilder and his response was;
“A Wilder fight has to happen…for sure,” said Joshua, 28. “I have to fight the obligations as champion. Once I fulfill those, my door is open to fight anyone, be it Wilder or anyone else.”
It’s hard for me as a journalist that has been around fighters for the most part of two decades to say any world class fighter is “ducking” another fighter, after all we’re talking about the best prize fighters in the world, but I can say with certainty that a promoter, manager or a matchmaker will flat out say “we don’t want none” if the risk/reward ain’t where they feel it should be.
Promoters and managers are not looking out for you the fans or even their own fighter’s best interest but more so their available balance when they check their bank account. Welcome Prizefighting in 2017 Fans…..