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Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder – Deontay Wilder ‘accepts the challenge’ to Unify World Boxing Belts

Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder: The much anticipated heavy weight fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder may likely happen this 2018 if negotiations starts on time and ends well. This fight will create history and will for the first time unify all heavy weight belts in this division. But let’s talk a look at each boxer’s profile

Deontay Wilder ‘accepts the challenge’ to fight Anthony Joshua and is ready for heavyweight summer showdown in the UK, confirms American’s manager

  • Deontay Wilder has accepted the challenge to fight Anthony Joshua this summer
  • The Brit called out Wilder following his victory over Joseph Parker last Saturday
  • The ‘Bronze Bomber’ would be willing to fight in the UK, his manager claimed
  • The American would be willing to come to the UK, preferring Wembley Stadium

Anthony Joshua

Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, MBE (born 15 October 1989) is a British professional boxer. He is currently a unified world heavyweight champion, having held the IBF title since 2016, the WBA (Super) and IBO titles since 2017, and the WBO title since March 2018. At regional level he held the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles from 2014 to 2016.

Joshua represented England at the 2011 World Championships as an amateur in the super-heavyweight division, winning a silver medal; he also represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics, winning gold. In 2014, a year after turning professional, he was named Prospect of the Year by The Ring magazine. In 2017, Joshua’s victorious fight against Wladimir Klitschko was named Fight of the Year by The Ring and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Joshua is the second British boxer, after James DeGale, to win both a gold medal at the Olympics and a world title by a major professional sanctioning body, as well as being the first British heavyweight to do so.

CARDIFF, WALES – MARCH 31: Anthony Joshua celebrates victory after his WBA, IBF, WBO & IBO Heavyweight Championship title fight against Joseph Parker at Principality Stadium on March 31, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Anthony Joshua;Joseph Parker

As of February 2018, Joshua is ranked as the world’s best active heavyweight by The Ring, the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board,and BoxRec. Known for having exceptional punching power, he has finished all but one of his fights to date by knockout.

Personal life

Joshua has expressed an interest in chess as well as reading as a way to reinforce his boxing and tactical abilities. He was a bricklayer before taking up boxing full-time.

In 2009, Joshua was put on remand in Reading Prison for what he describes as “fighting and other crazy stuff”. He was made to wear an electronic tag on his ankle when released.

In March 2011, Joshua was pulled over by the police for speeding in Colindale, North London. He was found with 8 ounces of herbal cannabis hidden in a sports bag in his Mercedes-Benz. He was charged with possession with intent to supply a class B drug, an offence that carries a maximum 14-year sentence. Joshua was suspended from GB boxing squad and was sentenced to a 12-month community order and 100 hours’ unpaid work after pleading guilty at crown court.

In November 2016, Joshua announced he would be investing in a members-only fitness gym, BXR. Joshua teamed up with the founders of BXR Via his physio and medical contacts and the same team from CHHP London in Harley Street are available at BXR including a number of sports therapists, physiotherapists, doctors and osteopaths alongside BXR’s boxers, boxing coaches and MMA fighters. The gym opened in January 2017 on Chiltern Street in Marylebone, London.

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Leshun Wilder (born October 22, 1985) is an American professional boxer. He has held the WBC heavyweight title since 2015, and in doing so became the first American world heavyweight champion in nine years, which was the longest period of time in boxing history without an American heavyweight champion. As an amateur he won a bronze medal in the heavyweight division at the 2008 Olympics. This led to his nickname of “The Bronze Bomber”, which Wilder coined after Joe Louis, who was known by the nickname of “The Brown Bomber”.

Wilder is particularly known for having finished all but one of his fights inside the distance. His knockout-to-win ratio stands at 98%, with 19 knockouts in the first round, as well as having stopped every opponent he has faced. He is a two-time winner of the Premier Boxing Champions Knockout of the Year award, in 2016 and 2017.

Deontay Leshun Wilder

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 03: Deontay Wilder poses after knocking out Luis Ortiz in the tenth round of their WBC Heavyweight Championship fight at Barclays Center on March 3, 2018 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

As of March 2018, Wilder is ranked as the world’s second best active heavyweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, The Ring magazine, and BoxRec. Wilder is the 17th longest reigning world heavyweight champion of all time, and has the 9th longest combined and individual title streaks in the post-war heavyweight boxing history at seven and six title bouts, respectively.

Personal life

Wilder has two daughters and two sons with Jessica Scales-Wilder, whom he married in 2009. Wilder is currently engaged to and is expecting a child with Telli Swift, and has been featured on the reality television show, WAGS Atlanta. He graduated from Tuscaloosa Central High School in 2004 and dreamed of playing football (wide receiver) or basketball (forward) for his hometown Alabama Crimson Tide, but the birth of his daughter, who suffers from spina bifida and grade issues forced him to attend nearby Shelton State Community College and to focus on a boxing career

 

THE MUCH TALKED ABOUT FIGHT

Deontay Wilder has upped the stakes for a world heavyweight title unification fight with Anthony Joshua by volunteering to box in London this summer.

Wilder’s promoter Shelly Finkel pre-empted an impending visit by Joshua and his team for talks in the US by announcing: ‘We want to make it clear that Deontay is pleased that Joshua has said he wants the fight and that we will be willing for it to take place in London next.’

Joshua, his promoter Eddie Hearn and other key financial members of his team are planning to meet Wilder’s handlers in America next week.

Finkel’s statement is also aimed as a rebuttal of Hearn’s claim that it is Wilder who has been refusing offers here.

‘We are really glad that Anthony Joshua said for the first time “I will fight Deontay next…” and we believe he is a man of his word. Deontay accepts the challenge,’ Shelly Finkell, Wilder’s co-manager, told the Telegraph.

‘We want to make it public that Deontay wants the fight, and we are prepared to come over, or meet here and get the deal done. Deontay is ready to sign and come to the UK to fight this summer.’

Finkel said he would be in contact with Joshua’s team at Matchroom this week to discuss plans to pencil a date, and venue, in the diary.

Team Joshua are torn between meeting WBC champion Wilder next following Saturday night’s victory over Joseph Parker in Cardiff, which added the WBO title to his existing WBA, IBF and IBO belts.

But Finkell is keen to not let the Joshua-Wilder opportunity slip by the wayside. ‘Assuming it will be Wembley Stadium in the summer, we are ready, and if they are ready as they say they are, we want to get it done. We want the fight, they want the fight, the public wants the fight. There is nothing to stop it going ahead.’

This makes it more difficult for Hearn and Co to stall Wilder until October or November so that Joshua can fit in another fight this summer. But as Joshua says, ‘In the end it will all be about the deal, the best offer, the money.’

It has been projected that Joshua-Wilder could be a £100m fight.

Finkell revealed Wilder’s and Joshua’s representatives met in New York at the end of last year to discuss a two-fight deal – one in the UK and the other across the Atlantic.

Wilder’s people didn’t hear back after those initial talks, but Finkel confirmed he was more than happy for his fighter to come over here for the first fight this summer if that’s what it took to get this show on the road.

One thing on people’s mind is if the fight will happen, time will tell.

Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder

 

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