According to up and coming British heavyweight Daniel Dubois, WBC champion Deontay Wilder would edge Anthony Joshua should the two eventually meet in the squared circle.
Discussions aimed at arranging a bout between the two heavyweight giants seems to be labouring towards a conclusion amid reports that a deal for the two to unify the division is finally looming.
Anthony Joshua holds the IBF, WBA and WBO straps, while Deontay Wilder is the WBC champion, and a fight between the two would see the heavyweight division fully unified for the first time in history, barring an unlikely draw.
The duel between the two pugilists is the most sought after in the heavyweight division, and would see two men with chins that are arguably suspect up against ferocious punchers, with Wilder’s right hand in particular considered one of the most devastating weapons in boxing today.
Of the seemingly imminent fight, Dubois told Boxing Social, as per Boxing Scene: “It’s two titans meeting in the ring, I’d love to see that fight.
"It’s a fight I think most boxing fans want to see – it’s the best facing the best.
"It would be a great fight and a great unification as well – we could see one man at the top of the division.”
Greenwich native Dubois has made an impressive start to life as a professional boxer, and while still decidedly green, has quickly earned a record of 7-0-0 with all seven wins coming via KO since his debut in April 2017.
When explaining why he would favour the ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder to best Joshua if and when the two clash, Dubois said: “I think Wilder based on his last two performances – the way he had to pull through against Ortiz, every fight fan likes to see that.
"I’m a fight fan as well as a fighter and he [Wilder] impressed me with that. I think the speed, the power and the angles is what he brings to the ring.
“It’s not usual. He’s very tall and very long so we’ll see.
“Anthony himself brings a lot to the table as well so it makes for a fantastic spectacle.”
Wilder endured a tough battle of attrition against Cuban Luis Ortiz in March this year, and was badly hurt by a counter right/left hook combination at the end of the seventh round.
With Wilder barely surviving a barrage of Ortiz punches, his team called a dubious time out at the beginning of the eighth to inspect the damage to his face, despite no obvious wounds.
This granted Wilder an extra 20 seconds to recover, which did not go unnoticed by the viewing public, with many people feeling the referee was on the verge of halting the contest.
Wilder would eventually come through after the referee called the fight off in the American’s favour at the end of the 10th round.
Will Dubois’ comments ring true? And are we witnessing the start of a new rivalry between two exciting British heavyweights?
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