Anthony Joshua reveals Deontay Wilder fight announcement is imminent: It has to happen!

Anthony Joshua reveals Deontay Wilder fight announcement is imminent: 'It has to happen!'
Joshua beat Charles Martin to claim the IBF belt – his first world title (Picture: Getty)

Anthony Joshua insists a fight against Deontay Wilder is close to being finalised with both fighters just going through the finer details.

The Brits last outing was on March 31 against New Zealander Joseph Parker, a fight Joshua won via unanimous decision, picking up the WBO heavyweight belt in the process.

The 28-year-old now holds the IBF, WBA and WBO straps, and Wilders WBC title is the only missing one from the four-belt unified set.

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Thats the next fight hopefully, Joshua told PeptalkUK. I got my hands free.

I completed my task against Joseph Parker. I feel refreshed now, because I feel this is the last hurdle, Deontay Wilder.

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Were in the process of exchanging offers, and just going through the finer details now.

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Theres options. WBA mandatory, Alexander Povetkin, but Im not really interested in that. Not right now when theres an opportunity to fight Wilder.

It has to happen this year.

Wilders last bout was against the unbeaten Cuban fighter Luis Ortiz. Not only did he defend his heavyweight belt with a knockout victory, but he ended Ortizs 28-fight unbeaten streak at the time.

MORE: Barry Hearn urges Joshua to reject Wilder fight

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Anthony Joshua reveals Deontay Wilder fight announcement is imminent: It has to happen!

Anthony Joshua reveals Deontay Wilder fight announcement is imminent: 'It has to happen!'
Joshua beat Charles Martin to claim the IBF belt – his first world title (Picture: Getty)

Anthony Joshua insists a fight against Deontay Wilder is close to being finalised with both fighters just going through the finer details.

The Brits last outing was on March 31 against New Zealander Joseph Parker, a fight Joshua won via unanimous decision, picking up the WBO heavyweight belt in the process.

The 28-year-old now holds the IBF, WBA and WBO straps, and Wilders WBC title is the only missing one from the four-belt unified set.

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Thats the next fight hopefully, Joshua told PeptalkUK. I got my hands free.

I completed my task against Joseph Parker. I feel refreshed now, because I feel this is the last hurdle, Deontay Wilder.

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Were in the process of exchanging offers, and just going through the finer details now.

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Theres options. WBA mandatory, Alexander Povetkin, but Im not really interested in that. Not right now when theres an opportunity to fight Wilder.

It has to happen this year. (more…)

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