‘It isn’t if, it’s just when’: Deontay Wilder is adamant a fight with Anthony Joshua will take place SOON as they are both in the ‘business to entertain’ but admits he would rather face Oleksandr Usyk
- Deontay Wilder is confident a bout against Anthony Joshua will take place soon
- He said it’s not ‘if’ the fight will happen, it’s a question of ‘when’ the fight will be
- Wilder said both he and Joshua are still in the ‘business’ to ‘entertain’ the fans
- However, the American did say his ideal opponent would be Oleksandr Usyk
Deontay Wilder says it’s only a matter of time before he faces Anthony Joshua as he believes a heavyweight showdown with AJ would be the ‘biggest fight in the world’.
The Bronze Bomber will return to the ring for the first time this weekend after suffering a trilogy defeat to WBC champion Tyson Fury.
Wilder will be hoping to claim his 42nd KO against Helenius on October 15 and claims he could face Joshua soon after.
Deontay Wilder (above) has said it is only a matter of time before he faces Anthony Joshua
Speaking to Kate Abdo on The Good Fight, Wilder said: ‘I’m still in the business, Anthony Joshua’s still in the business.
‘People always tell me, ‘When you gonna fight Joshua?’ That’s the biggest fight in the world between us, still. So it ain’t ‘if’, it’s just ‘when’.’
The Bronze Bomber said both he and AJ (above) are still in the ‘business’ to ‘entertain’ the fans
Wilder took some time away from the ring after suffering a trilogy defeat to Tyson Fury
Wilder was considering hanging up his gloves for good after suffering a devastating 11th-round KO defeat to Fury during their trilogy bout in October last year.
The American boxer said he needed some time away from the ring to process the back-to-back defeats in 2020 and 2021 as they were the only losses of his professional career.
He was expected to walk away from boxing for good but decided to return to the ring to face Helenius on October 15.
A victory over Helenius would propel him closer to the heavyweight summit once more and tee up potential showdowns with the likes of Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz Jr and Dillian Whyte.
Wilder, who has been training hard, will return to the ring to face Helenius on October 15
Wilder has said the opponent he would like to fight the most would be Oleksandr Usyk
However, when asked who he would like to fight if he was given the choice, Wilder said Oleksandr Usyk.
The American heavyweight said: ‘Of course, if I get to choose I will fight Usyk. Or Andy Ruiz because they are both a title shot. Who wouldn’t.
‘We are in the business the entertain and collect belts. If you’ve got a champion that is giving you an opportunity to collect a belt, why would you deny it.
‘The only people I have heard that would turn down a title shot are those that aren’t ready. But the saying is, if you prepare yourself to be ready, you won’t have to get ready.’
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