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Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder..

Boxer who sparred with Wilder and Joshua explains the differences between them

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Talks have begun for the heavyweight unification clash between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder with the unbeaten pair now almost certain to clash in 2018.

Joshua came out on top during a gruelling bout with Carlos Takam on October 28, eventually winning by tenth round stoppage, while Wilder destroyed an out-of-shape Bermane Stiverne within a round last weekend.

It all sets the stage for a clash of the titans next year, wherever it's held and for how much money.

Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports today: "We have to find middle ground between reality and fantasy. If we can find the right deal, there is no reason why that fight can't happen next.

"Honestly, through experience, that's the hard part.

"It doesn't happen overnight, this is the first meeting [on Thursday] - it may go well, it may go terribly, it may go OK. Fans need to know we are being proactive."

There are also approaches from WBO champion Joseph Parker and a resurgent Tyson Fury who will hope to be as swift and brutal with his preparation as he's been with his social media activity.

Wilder seems to be the priority at the moment, however, and perhaps both the most frightening and reassuring fact of the fight is that Wilder has been involved in so few high profile fights.

Deontay Wilder v Bermane Stiverne

The American may have knocked out the likes of Audley Harrison, Eric Molina and Gerald Washington but even his five years extra in the professional game haven't produced a fight comparable to Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko.

Perhaps the best indicator of how the pair will fare in the ring together would come from someone who's fought, or at least sparred, with both of them. Enter Issac Chamberlain.

In a recent interview with Behind the Gloves, the 22-year-old (boasting a record of 9-0) claimed to have sparred Wilder and Joshua and explained the difference between the two.

Boxing at The O2

He revealed: "I've sparred with both of them. You know, Joshua is very, very durable - you hit is body and it's like punching a wall.

"His hands... he has a different type of power. Like hammer hands, he hits you like a sledgehammer.

"But Deontay Wilder's power is kind of like a sniper rifle - he's very, very explosive."

And regarding who would win when the pair inevitably clash, he hypothesised: "I really don't know. It might be who lands first or who recovers better and who's more prepared on the night.

"There's obviously going to be a lot of pressure."

You don't say Isaac, and bring it on.

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