Joshua makes honest Deontay Wilder bout admission

Britain’s Anthony Joshua reacts on his way to the ring ahead of the fight against Russia’s Alexander Povetkin in their boxing world Heavyweight title fight at Wembley Stadium in north west London on September 22, 2018.
Britain’s Anthony Joshua retained his International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organisation heavyweight titles with a seventh-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin at London’s Wembley Stadium on September 22, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS

Anthony Joshua has admitted he has to fight Deontay Wilder in order to be considered the best heavyweight on the planet, reports

Joshua was in talks to face the WBC heavyweight titleholder in a multi-million-pound unification bout earlier this year.

However, the pair’s representatives failed to come to terms, which prompted the WBA to order Joshua to face Alexander Povetkin.

Joshua saw off the challenge of the durable Russian last Saturday at Wembley Stadium, stopping him in the seventh round of a thoroughly entertaining affair.

The manner of his victory over Povetkin, who had only ever tasted defeated to Wladimir Klitschko prior to facing ‘AJ’, strengthened fans’ calls for him to face Wilder.

Joshua himself is keen to take on ‘The Bronze Bomber’, who he believes he has to do battle with to solidify his legacy.

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“Yeah,” he said in the latest episode of JD Sports’ ‘Weighed-In’ when asked if he wants to fight Wilder next.

“That would be the ideal fight for the fans, for myself and for my legacy.

“So yeah, why not? Nothing’s signed, nothing’s sealed. I don’t like to give people false news.

“But that’s the fight I want, that’s the fight we want and that’s the fight that should happen.”

Joshua is scheduled to make the next defence of his WBA (Super), WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles at Wembley on April 13, while Wilder will defend his WBC crown against Tyson Fury on December 1.

Joshua is still willing to face his fellow Olympian even if Fury defies the odds and hands him his first professional loss, saying: “Yeah, [I want Wilder next]. Even if he lost I’d still fight him.