Wilder wants Joshua next

Discussion in 'British Boxing Forum' started by littlebrain, Nov 27, 2022.

  1. littlebrain

    littlebrain Active Member Full Member

    Sep 14, 2022
    Shelly Finkel revealed the news in a world exclusive to WBN.

    Wilder, who has a mandatory eliminator with Andy Ruiz Jr. lined up for 2023, would be willing to delay the WBC bout to secure a clash with Joshua.

    Finkel explained how Wilder feels about the event five years after the pair first discussed a collision.

    For one reason or another, Wilder vs Joshua failed to come to fruition despite repeated attempts.

    Deontay Wilder wants Anthony Joshua next
    “Deontay is willing to fight Anthony Joshua next,” Finkel told World Boxing News in a world-exclusive interview. “We would take that fight in the UK or the Middle East, and we will do it next.

    “We have the WBC eliminator with Ruiz, and we will do that, but we want the Joshua fight. Eddie Hearn said he contacted me in August, but we had the [Robert] Helenius fight.

    “We announced it that month and said we won’t talk to anyone until after the Helenius fight. Eddie knew this but still said he had contacted us.

    “Now we are willing to talk to make a deal for Joshua next.”

    Asked whether Joshua potentially facing Dillian Whyte in a rematch had any bearing on his thoughts, Finkel added: “Whyte didn’t look good [on Saturday night versus Jermaine Franklin], so why would Joshua want to take that fight?

    “Deontay wants the fight next. We’ve been trying since 2017 to get the Joshua fight. Let’s make a deal and do the fight. The fans want to see it, so why not?”

    Premier Boxing Champions promoter Al Haymon lobbied with the World Boxing Council to sanction a semi-final tournament featuring Wilder and Ruiz. Both came through their respective fights and were authorized to fight for a chance to meet Tyson Fury.

    Wilder has already fought Fury three times. However, Finkel says they will go through with the Ruiz/Fury plan if AJ doesn’t come to the table.

    They will then look to fight Joshua again or wait for the sanction from the WBC to meet
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    Wilder vs Ruiz
    “The Ruiz fight is there, and we will do it if we can’t get Joshua. But even if Deontay beats Ruiz, we are still willing to fight Joshua.

    “We are worried that he might want another tune-up if he fights Whyte and doesn’t look good. So we should go straight into that fight next.

    “We understand Eddie could want the Whyte fight [as Joshua has lost twice to Usyk], but the fans would like to see Deontay Wilder vs Anthony Joshua, and we are willing to do it.

    “Let’s make a deal,” he concluded.

    Wilder vs Joshua is a long-drawn-out saga that reached its peak in 2018. WBN was at the forefront as Finkel, and his team did all they could to get the fight over the line.

    In the end, Joshua walked away to face Alexander Povetkin after the WBA enforced a mandatory. WBA President Gilberto Mendoza later revealed to WBN that they would have granted it for the Wilder fight if Joshua had asked for an exception.

    It wasn’t to be, and Wilder moved straight to sending an offer to Fury. “The Gypsy King” then accepted instantly despite being out for three years.

    The rest is history, and the pair enjoyed a two-year saga through three bouts. Now that it’s over, Wilder is looking for Joshua to return to the table.

    If Joshua disagrees, Wilder vs Ruiz could take place in Las Vegas in the first half of next year, Finkel confirmed to WBN.
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  2. littlebrain

    littlebrain Active Member Full Member

    Sep 14, 2022
    Hearn will be busy lining up puddings for 2 years and a pile of excuses for not facing Wilder.

    The Unification of Puddings fight and rematch with Whyte in the way along with a potential 2 match deal with war torn Chisora keeping Joshua busy until 2024.

    Once those two are defeated twice then Mr Hearn may grow a pair and allow Joshua into the ring with Fury, Big John or Hughie.
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  3. KermitTheFrog

    KermitTheFrog Swinging on Hearn’s nuts Full Member

    Sep 5, 2012
    It’s going to be interesting to see what explanation they will come up with as to why this can’t be next for AJ.
  4. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Well-Known Member Full Member

    Apr 30, 2017
    To be honest, it would be awful management to put AJ straight in with Wilder on the back of the 2 Usyk defeats. Still, AJ’s own fault really as he should of had a run out in December and got his confidence up and not sat on his arse for yet another 9 months.
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  5. Mitch87

    Mitch87 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jul 29, 2018
    Believe it when I see it, as Wilder has ducked AJ like the plague for years.

    Unless Haymon really is ready to cash in on Wilder but even then I would expect to be against Ruiz.
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  6. aaaaa

    aaaaa Ash banned Full Member

    Dec 19, 2020
    Aye I’m sure he received peanuts for the 3 Fury fights.
  7. aaaaa

    aaaaa Ash banned Full Member

    Dec 19, 2020
    Wonder which commercial deal will stop this fight from happening?
  8. Terminator

    Terminator Active Member Full Member

    Dec 9, 2020
    Joshua needs to hand out lucozades at some tinpot marathon so Wilder will have to wait
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  9. Mitch87

    Mitch87 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jul 29, 2018
    Much less than he was offered for the AJ fight, Wilder even admitted it.
  10. Safin

    Safin Boxing Addict banned Full Member

    Aug 3, 2019
    It's right up there with Fury vs Usyk for the bout I would most like to see. It's a guaranteed KO.
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  11. littlebrain

    littlebrain Active Member Full Member

    Sep 14, 2022
    Can see Joshua being badly knocked out in this fight with @Mitch87 on here the next day informing the forum that Joshua is still the better fighter before the forum men in white coats take him away to a padded room.

    Very good fight to make but Joshua will duck it again like he just did with Fury.
  12. Murderers' Row

    Murderers' Row Boxing Addict Full Member

    Apr 23, 2020
    I don't think we'll ever get to see it.
  13. Scouse_Plumber

    Scouse_Plumber Gappy teeth Full Member

    Nov 26, 2022
    Wilder knocks AJ out in 2, AJ is shot to bits on the verge of having serious mental health problems. Wilder still looks to have the desire still and has dynamite in his hands put that to AJ mentally ill having not won a fight for over 2 years and it all saying Wilder puts AJ on the moon.
    Wilder and his team know this is the best time to get some nice AJ PPV loot also it ruins the Fury vs AJ fight and Fury may then consider the Wilder 4 fight.
  14. Wizbit1013

    Wizbit1013 Prayed for Shadow,Waste of time,Still a nincompoop Full Member

    Mar 17, 2018
    AJ just went 24 rounds with a exceptional fighter

    He can beat Wilder
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  15. littlebrain

    littlebrain Active Member Full Member

    Sep 14, 2022
    Wilder will knock him into the middle of the following year