Anthony Joshua fresh off his victory in the rematch against Andy Ruiz to recapture the WBA ‘Super’, IBF, and WBO belts is interested again in facing WBC champion Deontay Wilder sometime in 2020.
Joshua speaking this week with Sky Sports, laid out the scouting report he saw in the WBC champion when he defeated Luis Ortiz in their rematch that happened back in November.
“He wouldn’t be there to do that in the seventh round,” Joshua said to Sky Sports. “I would go in to knock him out. It’s heavyweight against heavyweight, champion against champion.
Joshua is referring to the one-punch right that Wilder sent Ortiz to the canvas.
?I GOTTA TAKE HIM OUT!?
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) January 2, 2020
Joshua, before the talks of a potential match with Wilder, has to wait on the rematch of he has with Tyson Fury in February. In the meantime, Joshua is awaiting his bout as well as it would be a mandatory bout between either IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev or WBO competitor Oleksandr Usyk. After one of those is completed, Joshua told Sky Sports he wanted to unify against Wilder.
“We’ve done it, we’ve unified it, in the space of 20 odd fights,” Joshua said. “He’s had 40 odd fights. How come he hasn’t managed to unify the division yet? If he’s looking for it, we’re the ones to do it with, and we’re not hard to find. We’ve got a great team behind us, so reach out. Even though there are two at the minute, I’ll let the people decide who they think is the real heavyweight champion right now.”
“I always say, we’re in the same division, the same era, that fight has to happen. We just put on an amazing event. We’re going to do another amazing event god willing in the new year. He can come and be part of history. We’re trying to achieve big things in boxing and to add Wilder to my list would be an honour.”
Great to hear this from Joshua as we may be finally getting closer to a match between these two. We’ll see if the sanctioning bodies get in the way of making that happen as time rolls on.