Anthony Joshua Throws Doubts Over Deontay Wilder Unification Fight

Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder is the fight that we all want to see but the British world champion has made us doubt that the fight is going to happen any time soon.

It feels almost inevitable that Joshua and Wilder will face at some point and it feels like it should be very soon. Both of the heavyweights are unbeaten and after AJ's victory over Joseph Parker recently the two men own all the heavyweight titles.

The American has constantly called out the Brit and his promoter Eddie Hearn whilst AJ finally responded at the end of his fight with Parker by shouting 'Wilder. Let's go baby, let's go,' after the result was red out in the ring.

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Hearn is believed to have made the Bronze Bomber an offer worth £8.8 million for the WBC champion to head to the UK to face his man with AJ's WBA, IBF and WBO titles also on the line.

But speaking, via The Times, AJ seemed to be playing down the chances of that fight being next, saying:

"If Wilder was as serious as he says he is he would jump at the opportunity. My career isn't based around Wilder

"Ultimately he has to feel comfortable taking the fight. I'm very comfortable taking the fight....With Wilder's team it becomes a situation where it is all about money, everything I didn't box for. We're talking about a lot of money to fight and he still wants more."

Will Wilder and Joshua face this year? Image: PA Images
Will Wilder and Joshua face this year? Image: PA Images

With that said the 2012 Olympic champion revealed that either, WBA number one contender, Alexander Povetkin or Jarrell Miller was his most likely next opponent, adding, "If I was to list which would be easiest [to negotiate] I'd put Miller and Povetkin at the start. Miller would definitely step up to the challenge. When these guys haven't got much to lose they're more serious, they know they've got everything to gain."

Povetkin beat Brit David Price on the AJ vs Parker undercard to earn his spot and the WBA has ordered a 30-day negotiation period after which purse bids would be called. A unification fight would allow them to delay the Povetkin fight but otherwise it's fight the Russian or hand over the title, which Joshua has said he wouldn't do.

Boxing fans will be hoping that AJ vs Wilder doesn't become a frustrating fight we should see but for annoying boxing politics doesn't happen.

Tyson Fury's return to the ring will add another chapter to the ever more intriguing heavyweight division.

Ryan Sidle

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