Deontay Wilder warns Anthony Joshua he has many other options, doesn’t need to fight him for two years


The WBC heavyweight champion is headed for a rematch with Tyson Fury next and would only consider Joshua afterwards if the deal is “fair”

Deontay Wilder has sent a public message to Anthony Joshua, warning that he no longer needs to fight him in the immediate future.

The 32-year-old declared his desperation the secure the undisputed title bout last year, but was left with a bitter taste in his mouth after negotiations collapsed.

Deontay Wilder holds the WBC heavyweight world title

Deontay Wilder holds the WBC heavyweight world title

Wilder instead fought Tyson Fury at the back end of 2018 and is now content to rematch the ‘Gypsy King’ before facing the other contenders in his division, unless AJ returns with a “fair” offer.

When asked about Joshua, Deontay Wilder told talkSPORT’s Will Gavin and Olly Hunter: “If he’s ready, I’m ready. It’s gotta be fair.

“They thought they was gonna be the only people and everybody has to abide by their rules and rotate around them, but we had to show them.

“I had to grab my career and I had to go do my own thing. That’s what I’m doing.

“We’ve got enough fighters lined up to go for the next two years. We got a lot of things going.”

Anthony Joshua holds three of the four heavyweight titles

Anthony Joshua holds three of the four heavyweight titles

Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn publicly revealed that he had offered Deontay Wilder’s team a 60/40 percentage split offer with two-way rematch clause in recent weeks.

However the American has his eyes firmly set on a rematch with Tyson Fury following their disputed draw in December.

After this, Dominic Breazeale is Wilder’s mandatory challenger and aligned to the same advisor as him, Al Haymon.

Cuba’s Luis Ortiz is also campaigning for a rematch with the WBC champion and Polish contender Adam Kownacki is continuing to rise through the ranks – both also with Haymon’s PBC.

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