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Anthony Joshua Sends Message Over Potential Deontay Wilder Fight

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Anthony Joshua Sends Message Over Potential Deontay Wilder Fight

The wait for Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder's seemingly inevitable fight continues. The British boxer signed a deal to fight Alexander Povetkin last week meaning the big one has been put on hold, but not for the want of trying.

It's not very often that there is an undisputed heavyweight champion in boxing. With so many titles to win to call yourself that there's only been 26 occasions when someone could call themselves by that title.

The last time any man was the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world was in 2000 when Lennox Lewis' was stripped of the title when the WBA took that belt off him because of a contractual dispute.

Lennox Lewis after becoming undisputed champion. Image: PA Images
Lennox Lewis after becoming undisputed champion. Image: PA Images
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18 years later and we're in a very precarious moment in boxing right now where we could have another undisputed champ in the blue riband division, where one man could hold all the important belts.

Right now Anthony Joshua holds the IBF, WBA and WBO belts whilst Wilder hold the WBC version but instead of facing off against each other Joshua is now fighting Alexander Povetkin in September.

Speaking at the press conference for his fight AJ did send a message about the possibility of fighting the Bronze Bomber in the near future, saying:

"It's one thing me saying it and it's another me doing it.

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"I've secured the date, location, my side has been signed. All we need to do is wait for the ink to dry and the fight is locked in.

"He's got up until now and January to sign the contract. Unfortunately there was a time scale and it didn't happen so I have a mandatory fight. I need to secure my destiny of become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world."

It was expected that Joshua and Wilder would be facing this time around and both camps talked about sending offers but in the end they clearly couldn't come to an agreement.

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The WBA wanted Povetkin, their number one contender, to fight for the belt and threatened to strip Joshua of his belt if he didn't fight the 38 year old Russian.

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The hope is that Joshua beats Povetkin and then faces Wilder sometime next year, but like Lewis and Riddick Bowe in the 90s there's still a chance this one will never happen.

Topics: Heavyweight boxing, Boxing News, Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Deontay Wilder, Alexander Povetkin

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