Deontay Wilder: I accept Anthony Joshua’s challenge, I’m ready to go to the U.K.
With Joseph Parker out of the way and another title firmly around Anthony Joshua’s broad shoulders, there’s only one move to make: a fight with Deontay Wilder.
The heavyweight summit meeting would crown the first-ever undisputed champion in the four-belt era, and it stands as the biggest moneymaker that can be consummated in the sport.
It’s also a fascinating matchup between monstrous punchers, and the public is hopeful is hopeful the bout will happen sooner than later.
Joshua called out Wilder following his dreary decision victory over Joseph Parker, and the unified heavyweight titleholder wants the fight in the U.K. No problem for Wilder, who’s been licking his chops to entice Joshua into the ring for well over a year.
“Anthony, I am so glad we finally heard from you on Saturday and that you want to fight me as your next opponent and you want the fight to happen in the U.K,” Wilder said Tuesday. “I accept that challenge and I am ready to come to the U.K. for my next fight. There is nothing on Team Wilder’s side to prevent me from fighting you next.
“You also said on Saturday that your team is ready to meet with (managers) Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon from my side to get this deal done. They are also ready to meet with your team immediately. Let us know when – the sooner the better. Thanks Anthony, I can’t wait to meet you in the ring.”
While the fight would be massive in the U.S., and would serve as Joshua’s entrance into the American market, the Brit is already drawing tremendous crowds in his homeland. 80,000 fans packed Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, to watch Joshua top Parker, and the 27-year-old has also drawn huge stadium crowds for his fights with Carlos Takam and Wladimir Klitschko last year.
If Joshua-Wilder can be finalized, the fight will be that much bigger.
Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger