Deontay Wilder has revealed that he wants to fight Anthony Joshua next.
Wilder returned to the ring in emphatic fashion, knocking out Robert Helenius and sending a warning to the rest of the heavyweight division.
He now appears to have turned his attention towards one of the division’s biggest names, one whose stock has taken a serious hit over the past two years.
Wilder has expressed a desire to take on former unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua – and he wants the blockbuster to be his next fight.
‼️ Deontay Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel has declared that Wilder now wants the Anthony Joshua fight next: “We have the WBC final eliminator with Andy Ruiz, but we want the Joshua fight… Deontay wants the fight next. Let’s make a deal and do the fight.” [@WorldBoxingNews] pic.twitter.com/TLL3KYjwFM
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) November 27, 2022
This is a fight that could have come to fruition while both men were reigning as the kings of the heavyweight division, but it never materialised.
They could now face off to determine who the third-best heavyweight on the planet is, behind current champs Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.
The stakes are lower, but the intrigue remains. This is a fight that we’d absolutely love to see happen in 2023 – let’s keep an eye on things.