The boxing match most want to see, seems likely in 2018.
IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua will face WBC champ Deantay Wilder, according to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn.
I’m sitting down with [Wilder’s representatives] Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon later this week to have our first conversations regarding Joshua vs Wilder. Like all these big fights it’s never easy but hopefully we can find somewhere between reality and fantasy that suits all.
The WBA and IBF champion Joshua, defended his belts against Carlos Takam in Cardiff and has now set his sights on unifying the heavyweight division. Wilder and New Zealander Joseph Parker hold the other two titles with a clash against the American now looking increasingly likely sooner rather than later.
Following his brutal knockout win over Bermane Stiverne, the Bronze Bomber declared “war” on the Brit before accusing Hearn of ducking the fight.
Wilder is not the only fighter targeting a bout with IBF and WBA champion Joshua. Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) has also made Joshua his primary target, and Hearn insists that Joshua intends to fight both to unify the division in 2018.
“I had a good meeting with AJ [on Tuesday],” said Hearn. “It’s his goal to try and become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world by the close of 2018 so, at present, to do that we must go through Parker and Wilder.”
All things point to an epic 2018 for the sport of boxing.