Deontay Wilder expresses desire to fight Anthony Joshua
By Daniel Zaldivar
June 26, 2016
Deontay Wilder is scheduled to matchup with Southern California's Chris Arreola on July 16, but has already made it known he wants Britain's Anthony Joshua now.
Joshua, who just retained his IBF world title by defeating Dominic Breazeale, achieved the 17th victory of his professional career this past Saturday. The 26-year-old has been moving up quickly in the heavyweight ranks, after he secured his first world title against Charles Martin back in April. Wilder, who is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, also holds a [WBC] world title and a potential bout between these two undefeated fighters would produce a unification.
Wilder wasted no time in conveying his intent to fight (17-0, 17 KOs) -- immediately concluding Joshua's latest fight. Instead of getting past Arreola in a few weeks, Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) should have been preparing for Russia's Alexander Povetkin, however, a failed drug test ended up altering plans and brought Arreola into the mix.
Both fighters are essentially the same height, as Wilder stands at 6 foot 7, while Joshua at 6 foot 6. Joshua is four years younger than Wilder, but both are barely scratching the surface of their potential in the sport. Wilder would be looked at as the more experienced boxer in this matchup, as he possesses nearly double the [professional] fights that Joshua has competed in. Each has tremendous knockout power. Out of Wilder's 36 fights up until this point, 35 have been by knockout. Joshua, on the other hand, has knocked out every professional fighter he has been in the ring with so far.
It is expected that Wilder will easily get passed Arreola in a few weeks and since Joshua just had a recent fight as well, potential negotiations could be on the horizon for a fight sometime this fall. Joshua would most likely travel to the United States for a fight with Wilder, as he has not been technically exposed to the American audience. However, Wilder could surprise everyone and insist the fight be in Joshua's home turf of Britain, because he [Wilder] has already shown his grit and determination to make the trip to Russia for the cancelled bout with Povetkin. This could potentially be the most competitive fight, not just in the heavyweight division, but in the sport.
Daniel Zaldivar is a boxing contributor for Frontproof Media & Page2sports.com. He is the founder of Z-BoxingNews (a partner with Frontproof Media), a YouTube channel that delivers the latest news, interviews, fighter workouts, & analysis within the sport. Check out the Z-BoxingNews YouTube channel HERE. Also follow on Twitter @Z_BoxingNews
(Feature photo: Brynn Anderson/Associated Press)