After Tyson Fury’s defeat, Deontay Wilder is considering a rematch with Anthony Joshua.
Deontay Wilder has set his sights on Anthony Joshua as he seeks redemption after losing his WBC heavyweight belt last year.
Deontay Wilder, the former world heavyweight champion, has stated that he wants to fight Anthony Joshua before confronting Tyson Fury for the third time in the hopes of avenging himself. The WBC title was held by the American for five years before being abruptly ended by Fury in February of last year, when the ‘Gypsy King’ overpowered and outclassed Wilder to reclaim the crown over the Atlantic.
Since Wilder’s loss, there has been much talk about whether a third fight will be held to give the 35-year-old another opportunity at the self-proclaimed lineal heavyweight champion.
Under a stipulation in their previous contract, the Alabama native may demand a trilogy fight, but that now appears unlikely to happen anytime soon, with Fury close to agreeing to meet Joshua in a blockbuster unification battle later this year.
Despite his defeats, Wilder is eager to make amends by fighting both fighters in the near future.
After a year of inactivity, he is considering a warm-up fight against Joshua or one-time champion Andy Ruiz Jr before returning to Fury.
“I’d love to face guys I haven’t fought,” Wilder told Marcus Watson on Instagram Live, “without saying the obvious, because people definitely know [Fury].”
“The ones at the top who I haven’t fought, who I haven’t gotten my hands on, that’s what I want.
“I realize not naming names is a little pathetic, but whoever I haven’t faced at the top, I’m talking about you.”
When asked if he wanted to fight Joshua or Ruiz Jr, the American replied, “Yeah.” I want to fight any top-ranked fighter who hasn’t seen me fight before and who has a tremendous desire to see me fight.
“The simple part is to sit here and name names all day. I’m just going to the top, and if it’s someone I haven’t fought before, I’m going to fight them.
“I’d like to clear up the divide. People believe I’ve vanished or stopped boxing. “No, I haven’t.”
Wilder believes he was cheated out of last year’s title fight with Fury, despite having made the “Brinkwire Summary News.”