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Wilder is keen to face off against Joshua.

Deontay Wilder once again claims Anthony Joshua is dodging fight

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Deontay Wilder has admitted he is relishing the prospect of going toe-to-toe with IBF, WBA, and IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, however, he does not know when the fight could potentially take place.

After defeating Bermane Stiverne recently following a first round knockout, talk has moved onto whether Wilder's proposed fight with Joshua can get off the ground.

American Wilder is ready to put his belt on the line in a unification fight against the 28-year-old Watford native, however, complicated issues are upholding any progress. 

Wilder is keen to show the boxing world what he can do against Joshua, who recently retained his heavyweight belts against Carlos Takam in Cardiff, and he believes a contest between the pair would be a great spectacle for the sport, both in America and in the United Kingdom.  

"I just want to prove who is the best, that's all I want to do," Wilder said.

"I want people to see a great fight and witness the two best heavyweights compete with each other one night in the ring."

Wilder, aged 32, has accused Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn of "hesitating" in agreeing to a fixed date for the event, as he feels they are holding out for a pay day prior to accepting. 

Other challenging hurdles include which country to host the fight - as both sides argue for it to be contested on either side of the Atlantic, with Television rights deals also coming into consideration.

He argued: "I think they're hesitant for a reason. They've got a great thing going. He can fight literally a guy who doesn't even have a name and can make millions and millions of dollars off him. Why would they risk taking a chance with the most dangerous heavyweight in the division?

Deontay Wilder v Bermane Stiverne

"They want a warmup fight. Joshua's last performance was OK, but it wasn't his best. They want to redeem that and they want to make at least one more good payday before fighting me."

Wilder believes that his victory over Stiverne was one of his best performances, and he is looking forward to future fights. 

Wilder concluded: "It was a devastating knockout. Being able to put on a spectacular performance like I did put the icing on the cake. The heavyweight division was once in a dark place but now it is coming into the light. It's exciting and I can't wait to make it even more exciting."

Shots fired from Wilder. This fight will happen, just watch this space.

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