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Deontay Wilder explains where Klitschko went wrong against Joshua

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The rivalry within the heavyweight division looks as fierce as it has ever been right now.

Anthony Joshua proved he is the man to beat by producing a ferocious knockout of Wladimir Klitschko last weekend and the queue of potential opponents is increasing by the day.

There have been some reports suggesting Joshua is willing to relinquish his IBF belt in order to secure a rematch with Klitschko.

That would mean the Brit does not have to step into the ring against his current mandatory opponent Kubrat Pulev, however, Tyson Fury, Joseph Parker and Deontay Wilder have all also expressed a desire to take on Joshua.

The latter of those, Wilder, even tried to call Joshua out on Twitter yesterday but it didn't quite go to plan.

Nevertheless, he still fancies his chances at overcoming arguably the biggest name in British boxing right now.

'The Bronze Bomber' was ringside to watch Joshua knockout Klitschko in the 11th round and has admitted he learned a lot from the experience.

In an interview with Boxing Talk, Wilder - who is also unbeaten - believes the Ukranian missed a big trick by taking his foot off the gas after knocking Joshua down in the sixth round.

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"We all have flaws and you'll never be perfect as a fighter. Klitschko, being at the age that he is, did a wonderful job, but I think if it was the Emanuel Steward Klitschko, the fight would have been done when he had him hurt," Wilder said.

"He had him hurt for two or three more rounds. Joshua was very fatigued, tired and he was hurt, and Klitschko could not finish him.

"Maybe he was out of energy, maybe he was out of gas, but it looked like he didn't know how. I don't know what it was he could not finish and Joshua was ready to go.

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"He was wobbly, he could barely stand up, he could barely hold his hands up. He didn't throw punches for the next few rounds after he got hurt, but Klitschko let the young boy get his wind back and he paid the price for it."

Whether we will see Wilder get the chance to succeed where Klitschko failed against Joshua remains to be seen.

The 31-year-old remains keen to unify the heavyweight division and talked up the prospect of facing WBO champion Joseph Parker in his next fight.

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Wilder added: "I'm looking for a July date and I'm looking to fight Parker, that's who I want.

"I'm looking to unify these belts so hopefully we could get that fight done for July and start the unification process. I know Parker is ready to do it and he's trying to do the same thing I'm trying to do, unify the division.

"He's representing New Zealand and in his country people are behind him, they have faith in him and they believe in him. Now it's time to unify the division. I'm available to all champions right now, let's make it happen. "

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