Deontay Wilder Urges Face-to-Face Meeting with Anthony Joshua Amid Bout Speculations
Unsettled Terms for Much-Anticipated Bout
American heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder is eager to engage in a face-to-face conversation with Nigerian-born British boxer Anthony Joshua in an effort to finalize terms for their long-anticipated bout.
Wilder has asserted that Joshua, a gold medalist in the 2012 Olympics, is reluctant to step into the ring with him.
Failed Agreements and Rumors of a Bout
Despite holding all four major belts in the heavyweight division between them, Wilder and Joshua previously failed to reach an agreement for an undisputed title showdown.
Recent speculations have suggested the possibility of a bout in Saudi Arabia by the end of the year.
However, the event’s funding has reportedly faced disruptions due to managerial changes in Saudi Arabia’s sports executives.
Wilder’s Perspective on Joshua’s Readiness
Maybe I’m gonna have to go to England and sit down with him on some real man sh*t.”
Wilder emphasized that he holds no animosity towards Joshua but believes the British boxer is afraid to face him.
The American boxer expressed a genuine desire to have a conversation with Joshua, emphasizing their potential as the “biggest fight in the world.”
Wilder’s Preparedness and Joshua’s Recent Performances
While Wilder, at 38, believes he is ready to face Joshua, his last bout was in October 2022 when he knocked out Robert Helenius in the first round.
In contrast, Anthony Joshua has remained active in the ring, bouncing back from consecutive defeats against Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua secured a unanimous decision victory over Jermaine Franklin in April and achieved a knockout win over Robert Helenius in August.
Conclusion: A Call for Dialogue Amidst Bout Uncertainties
Deontay Wilder’s call for a face-to-face meeting with Anthony Joshua sheds light on the uncertainties surrounding their potential bout.
Despite past challenges in reaching agreements, Wilder’s willingness to engage in direct conversation reflects a desire to move the negotiations forward and address any perceived hesitations from Joshua’s side.