Anthony Joshua challenges Deontay Wilder to April showdown

Anthony Joshua challenges Deontay Wilder to April showdown

The IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion had to watch on as WBC holder Wilder and Tyson Fury fought out a thrilling draw in Los Angeles a fortnight ago.

Joshua's camp was in talks with Wilder over the summer regarding a potential world title unification fight, but negotiations broke down before Wilder, 33, agreed to terms to fight Fury on December 1 in Los Angeles.

"I've made sure with the negotiations, I've booked the date in advance, I've set the venue in advance and I'm making my point clear in front of everyone watching I'm willing to fight anyone of these guys, especially the champion Deontay Wilder, April 13 at Wembley".

'Right now, our focus is on Deontay Wilder on April 13, at Wembley. Fury holds no world titles.

I'm not interested in Tyson Fury, he's not the champion. "What more can I say?"

On April 13 at Wembley [Stadium].

The 29-year-old while speaking with ESPN's First Take called out the American boxer saying he was ready to make the unification match a reality.

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"If Wilder fights Fury, he [Joshua] has to fight the victor of Whyte-Chisora or Jarrell Miller, or [Oleksandr] Usyk, or one of these guys".

But if Wilder stays on course for a rematch with Fury, another option could soon be available to Joshua, with the Brit's promoter Eddie Hearn revealing to iFL TV that Wladimir Klitschko has been in touch with the world champion to tell him he wants to come out of retirement to rule the division once again. He wants to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. What I can control is what I say and what I'm doing.

WBC champion Deontay Wilder doesn't know how Tyson Fury got up from the 12th round knockdown.

But Hearn accepted that AJ will need to step into the ring against an alternative opponent if Fury and Wilder are to meet in a rematch. "That lineal status... when I was joining the heavyweight ranks nobody told me about lineal champions".

The WBA, WBO and IBF world champion made the plea to WBC beltholder Wilder during an interview on United States network ESPN. That's where I'm coming from. I'm the one leading the pack.

"Five years in, seven title defences and I'm running the game and I don't know what more I have to do to get that message across".

"Currently it's Deontay Wilder, that's what we want".

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