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Anthony Joshua reveals reason why he won’t fight Deontay Wilder in the United States

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The world of boxing is in anticipation of the Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder mega-money unification fight at some point later this year, with negotiations still ongoing between both parties concerned.

The conclusion of the AJ/Joseph Parker bout saw the Brit managing to add another feather to his cap in the form of the WBO belt, and with the WBA [Super], IBF, IBO belts already in his possession, the only title that eludes him is the WBC belt, currently held by Wilder.

Since the win against Parker, the British ace admitted he is ready to take on the American to unify the heavyweight division, and boxing fans are now anxious to witness the bout which may come to fruition as early as 2018 itself.

However, the major issue that could be holding up proceedings is zeroing in on the venue.

The Wilder camp wants the fight in the United States while AJ and promoter Eddie Hearn have maintained their stance of hosting it in UK.

Joshua was recently at a dinner in Wolverhampton where he revealed the ‘real’ reason he is distancing himself from the idea of the bout in US and stated he owes it to the fans in his homeland.

The 28-year-old said: “This is the situation I’m thinking.

“So with this Las Vegas talk, I owe it to everyone in Great Britain that has been supporting me to do my best to get this fight in the UK, in my opinion, that’s number one.

“He [Wilder] has kind of said ‘alright, cool, come fight me in America’. But the thing is with that, I owe it to the fans and everyone supporting me to do it here.”

He reflected upon the questionable decisions of the officials over the Atlantic which could negate all his hard work over the years.

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“And number two, if I go there, there’s a lot of tricks that they play in terms of referees and judges and that’s why I want to be at home where I’m secure,” Joshua continued.

“Luckily, we’ve got enough time to make the fight happen and we’re working on it. We’ve just sent another draft email over to them. It’s just the technical jargon that we’re going through right now.

“I ain’t got nothing to lose and I’m [going to] rain down hell on him – I’m going to f*** him up bad. You’ve seen it, I can go to hell and back. I enjoy it there as well, this time I’m going to own it.

“We’re big hitters, so for sure I’m going to be throwing a lot of combination punches and it’ll be interesting. I think he’ll be trying to pick punches. I’ll just be coming forward and swinging a lot of combinations, just trying to catch him and hurt him early on.”

Only time will tell when this prolong process of negotiations comes to an end and the two giants of heavyweight boxing come face-to-face, where actions would speak louder than words.

Topics:
Eddie Hearn
Deontay Wilder
Anthony Joshua
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