Anthony Joshua Warns Deontay Wilder To Be ‘Realistic’ With His Demands
Anthony Joshua has warned Deontay Wilder he must be “realistic” with his demands if they are to reach an agreement to fight in 2018.
However, he believes Wilder must be realistic with his demands.
Wilder and his camp believe the fight should be split down the middle – at 50-50 terms. Joshua and his promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom, believe otherwise.
“Yeah, why not?” Joshua said when asked by Dubai Eye 103.8 if he’d fight Wilder.
“I’ve always handled my business with negotiations behind closed doors. When things are done, I’ll announce them.
“I am not in the business of making promises that I can’t fulfil. I am working on getting this fight done.
“Providing Deontay Wilder is true to his word this fight will happen in 2018.
“It is simple business. We have worked with all-time greats like [Wladimir] Klitschko. We have managed to defend this title five times.
“If they are realistic about what they want, we can definitely make this fight happen.”
Wilder (39-0-38KO) is a big puncher who has only been the distance once in his undefeated career – against Bermane Stiverne in 2015 and he finished Stiverne inside one round of their rematch earlier this month.
The WBC world champion is a dangerous opponent for Joshua (20-0-20KO) but the former Olympic gold medallist insists he is not afraid to take risks.
“Once you reach an elite level in any sport, you’re going to meet stiff competition,” Joshua said.
“At heavyweight, even the greatest of all time – Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, and Jack Johnson – have taken a loss at some stage.
“But if you lose that does not mean it is the end of you. It is how you come back from that.
“Most heavyweight champions are two or three-time world champions because they’ve achieved; made a mistake; and come back better. That’s just the way life is.
“Losing my unbeaten record will never hold me back from competition because I thrive off it and it makes you a better person in the long run.”