As Boxing’s heavyweight division begins to heat up, there is a whole host of speculated fights that the world would love to see. Right at the top of the list though at the moment is a potential clash of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
A fight that has been lingering for some time now surely has to happen.
Having both last featured in the ring back in March, neither have since gone on to confirm their next bout. With official reports coming out seeming to indicate financial disagreements in the past, the fight does seem to now gradually growing closer.
Sky sports reported that a contract would be sent to Wilder last week from Joshua’s team. That news came after American ‘agreed to fight in the UK’.
What is it about this fight?
Back in March both fighters were put through stern tests against Luis Ortiz and Joseph Parker respectively.
Wilder fought Cuban fighter Luis Ortiz at the beginning of the month, taking on his challenger at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, 4th March. After showing great resilience he sent a message to his British counterpart Joshua having seemingly come back from the brink of defeat to deliver a vicious knock out.
Victory for the WBC Champion saw a first defeat inflicted on Ortiz. In defeat though he did show a lot of heart and spirit, Ortiz had the Wilder troubled, seven rounds in. Close to conquering a man that has never seen defeat, Ortiz certainly provided a big test for Wilder. It took great courage from the champion to retain a title Joshua now hunts.
The end of the month saw all eyes turn to Joshua who stepped in the ring with New Zealander Joseph Parker at the Principality stadium, 31st March.
It was a fight that proved to be a first for the big Brit as he was taken the distance for the first time. However, in truth Parker couldn’t really match Joshua in any department and was comfortably beat on the judge’s scorecards. A valiant effort but little reward as not only did he lose the fight, but he also lost his title.
After claiming the WBO title from Parker, the man from Watford now has the WBA, IBF AND WBO world titles intact and will be looking to complete his collection by adding the final piece, held by none other than… Deontay Wilder.
Having already become the unified champion in the division, the task now will surely be to become the undisputed champion in the division.
Should a fight be confirmed it would be an almighty battle between two men at the top of their game hoping to become the boxing’s undisputed Heavyweight Champion.
`While both men will be quietly confident they can get the job done should the fight happen, Wilder has definitely been more vocal on the matter, often using social media to address Joshua’s side. The latest time saw ‘The Bronze Bomber’ send a message on Instagram. It read:
‘Dear @anthony_joshua Fans, since your acting Dumb, Delusional or just plain stupid here you go…. *BREAKING NEWS* The $50M offer for Joshua to fight me next in the U.S is still available to him if he wants it. In addition to that, today I agreed to their offer to fight Joshua next in the U.K. If Joshua prefers to fight in the U.K, the ball is in their court. It’s up to them to choose U.S or U.K.
Whose camp are you in, team Joshua or team Wilder?
By James Miller