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Joshua at Wembley .

Revisited footage shows Anthony Joshua greeting Deontay Wilder with a fist bump after his win over Wladimir Klitschko

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Boxing heavyweights don’t come much better than Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.

Both fighters currently hold all the belts in the heavyweight division – Joshua with four of them, and Wilder holding the other.

It is safe to say the pair haven’t seen eye-to-eye in recent years, with the pair exchanging heated verbals in interviews and press conferences, despite rarely being in the same room.

But, revisited footage shows Joshua and Wilder exchanging a friendly greeting following the Brit’s knockout victory against Wladimir Klitschko back in 2017.

Not many people realised it, but the British heavyweight appeared to approach the American to exchange words, however, the Brit leaned out of the ring and greeted him with a fist bump.

Proof that when they are in the same room, maybe they can respect each other and get along.

Wilder was in attendance on the night and was ringside with Sky, while his co-manager Shelly Finkel - who also managed Klitschko – was next to AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn.

After negotiations failed last year to make an undisputed heavyweight title fight, both camps, including the fighters and promoters, have fell out with one another.

It looks unlikely that the two will fight one another in the near future, and things are now so bad between the teams that if the fight were to be made, it would take the two fighters and promoters a lot of work to make it happen.

AJ has continued his boxing dominance since the Klitschko fight by retaining his belts, whereas Wilder has done the same as he has successfully maintained his WBC belt.

Wilder fought 'The Gypsy King' to a controversial split draw last December and a rematch between the two was expected. Fury, however, pulled out of negotiations and has since been booked to fight Tom Schwarz on June 15, which isn’t the fight the fans wanted.

Wilder recently defended his WBC belt by knocking out fellow American Dominic Breazeale in the first round.

Joshua, however, was expected to make his US fighting debut at MSG against Jarrell Miller, but his competitor had to cancel because of a failed drugs test.

The 29-year-old has now confirmed his next opponent as Andy Ruiz. The California-based Mexican will be hoping to ruin AJ’s prospects of becoming undisputed champion as the pair take to the ring on June 1.

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Wladimir Klitschko
Deontay Wilder
Anthony Joshua
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