It seems everyone wants a slice of Anthony Joshua at the moment.
The 28-year-old remains undefeated after his victory over Carlos Takam on October 28 - the 20th victory and 20th knockout of his career - and some of the biggest names in heavyweight boxing are now desperate to set up a mega-money fight against him in 2018.
Tyson Fury, who hasn’t fought since November 2015, has made it crystal clear over recent days that his sights are set on a bout against his compatriot. However, a more realistic fight for Joshua, given Fury’s current situation, is Deontay Wilder.
Wilder made light work of Bermane Stiverne in New York on Saturday.
The 32-year-old knocked his opponent out in the very first round after landing a flurry of devastating punches. This was the 39th victory - and 38th KO - of the American’s career.
Wilder called out Joshua after beating Stiverne
After the fight, Wilder called out Joshua.
"I know I am the best. Are you up for the test?" Wilder asked of WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Joshua, per BBC Sport. "I've been waiting on that fight for a long time now. I declare war upon you. Do you accept my challenge?"
Wilder's latest video message to Joshua
Much has been said and written since then, although not from Joshua himself, who hasn’t reacted to the call-outs from either Wilder or Fury.
However, the Watford-born fighter may have no choice but to respond to Wilder’s latest video message.
The 50-second video, posted by @premierboxing on Twitter, shows Wilder stood next to a boxing ring.
With melodramatic music playing in the background, Wilder says: “Anthony Joshua, you know I’m coming for you. Ain’t no need to talk about next year, or the next year after that, or 2020… 2018 is what you should be worried about.
“You said that if the people want it, then you want it… well, the people want it. Do you? Or have you got some hidden agendas? Are y’all hiding anything?
“We’re on it - we’re on it - so either fight or shut up."
Wilder then turned his attention to Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter.
“Your promoter talks so much. He said you’re going to knock me out in three rounds. Let’s see it - or is you going to get your promoter now?
“I’m ready to dethrone you. I will be heavyweight champion of the world. I will defeat you.
“Are you up for the challenge?”
Watch: Wilder calls out Joshua
Watch the video here...
Boxing fans react to Wilder's message
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