Over the weekend, unified heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua took a TKO win over Carlos Takam. Now, fans are clamoring for a fight against WBC champ Deontay Wilder.
Both fighters are looking for the fight too, apparently. It makes sense, because its the biggest fight in the heavyweight division… and maybe in boxing.
“I think he’s what the division needs, and I think this is what Wilder needs, so we’ll give it to them,” Joshua said after his fight. “I say it’s definitely a potential for 2018. What else am I going to do in 2018?”
“The ultimate goal is to get Joshua,” Wilder has also said.
With Joshua’s fight against Takam over and a “W” added to his record, Wilder will now face mandatory challenger and former titleholder Bermane Stiverne on November 4th at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. If Wilder wins, the anticipated fight between Joshua and Wilder would likely be next.
Joshua says he’s unimpressed by Wilder’s list of opponents thus far… and will make a potential fight between the two “a priority”.
“[Wilder] hasn’t had any memorable fights,” Joshua said. “He needs a real remarkable fight to stamp his name in the history books of heavyweight boxing. He needs that more right now, especially being in America. This is the Mecca of boxing. I even need it. I need Wilder to have a remarkable fight. I need to be the one that steps up to make this dream a reality. I would be honored to go out there and compete with Wilder.
“I’ll fight Wilder next year and make it a priority, 100 percent. There’s no doubt about that.”