While Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin is the biggest fight that could be made in boxing's middleweight division, the heavyweight division has a potential banger waiting in the shadows itself - Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder.
Wilder is the current WBC heavyweight champion of the world and has left quite a destructive path in his tenure inside the squared circle, with an undefeated record of 38-0. Wilder possesses destructive power that has knocked out all but one of his opponents inside the ring, as he has only gone the distance once in his storied career - against Bermane Stiveerne back in 2015 which he won via unanimous decision to capture the WBC title. If he wants to solidify himself as the best heavyweight in the world, however, he needs to get past Joshua.
Joshua currently reigns as the IBF, IBO, and WBA heavyweight champion who also holds an unblemished record at 19-0. The six-foot-six 27-year-old has finished all of his opponents inside the ring, making a potential bout against Wilder all the more interesting.
Wilder is currently in preparation to take on the toughest test of his nine-year professional fighting career in the form of powerful Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz. The pair will collide on November 4th in New York for the WBC heavyweight title.
Joshua will hit the ring next first, however, when he takes on Kubrat Pulev, the mandatory challenger for the Brit's IBF title October 28th from the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. If each man emerges victorious from their respective fights, Wilder wants to fight Joshua next despite the rumors that Joshua could be fighting New Zealander and WBO champion Joseph Parker next July instead.
Wilder believes a fight between himself and Joshua would be a more attractive alternative and is hoping the fight comes to fruition (quotes via Boxing Scene):
“When I beat him, I want Joshua,” Wilder said, referring to Ortiz. “Everybody knows that I wanna unify the division. And whoever I’ve gotta beat to finally get that fight made, then let’s do it. If Ortiz is the gatekeeper for unifying, then I can’t wait.
"But my ultimate goal is to unify. I’m waiting on them. As you can see, I’ve been ready. I’ve been calling all these champions out. I’ve done called these champions out – from Povetkin, Glazkov dodging me and going to Charles Martin. I done called out the Klitschkos, I called out the Furys.
“You know, Klitschko told me I’ve got to fight somebody else. But I’ve got the WBC belt. Why you didn’t wanna come take this? You had all the titles and I had the WBC belt. Why I’ve gotta fight somebody else?
"If I’m that easy, why people feel like they have to dodge me, if I’m so easy? I don’t understand it. If I’m fighting all bums and I ain’t fought nobody, why these mother*ckers don’t wanna fight me? That should be something people should contemplate in they mind?
"Why they ain’t fighting if it’s that easy. So with that being said, I wanna unify. So after this fight, when Joshua do what he gotta do with Pulev, and I’m gonna do what I’ve gotta do with Ortiz, I ain’t gotta say no more.”
What are your thoughts on Wilder's call out of Joshua? Is that a match-up you'd like to see as a fan? Who do you think would emerge victorious from the bout? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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