Deontay Wilder says he's ready to fight Anthony Joshua next in UK

Britain hosts showdown between two undefeated world heavyweight champions for the first time

Anthony Joshua targeted Deontay Wilder on Saturday night after beating Joseph Parker in Cardiff to add Parker's World Boxing Organisation heavyweight title to his International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association belts.

In the days and weeks leading up to the historic fight, Joshua frequently mentioned how he "could not afford" to lose - and as a final reminder, before making his third stadium ring walk in less than a year, he took in a fight considered to be one of the greatest upsets in sporting history.

Wilder, who watched Parker's defeat by Joshua from home last weekend, holds the WBC belt that Joshua so craves to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. "Deontay accepts the challenge", Finkel told London's Daily Telegraph. "Deontay is ready to sign and come to the United Kingdom to fight this summer".

Eddie Hearn, the promoter of Joshua, has previously stated that Wilder's camp have been hard to deal with and that churning out a deal may not be a totally straightforward affair.

Wilder, yet, the unified-heavyweight champion has insisted he's not leaving the U.K, effectively ruling out a fight across the pond.


Joshua was a worthy victor by scores of 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 in boxing's first three-belt unification fight for seven years.

"I want Wilder. Get him in the ring and I'll knock him spark out Joshua said in the ring immediately after judges had scored the fight 118-110, 118-110, 119-109 in his favour". Many will question if he is big enough to worry the likes of Joshua. "All the time people used to have to go out to America to watch it, they don't need to anymore". A fight with Deontay Wilder is now seen as more of a 50-50 fight and that makes it more compelling.

Fury (25-0, 18 KOs), the former WBO, WBA, IBF Heavyweight champion, is another possible opponent for Joshua.

Per Sky Sports' James Dielhenn, Russia's Alexander Povetkin is the mandatory challenger to Joshua's WBA belt, and a bout between the pair is likely to be forced soon. Joshua had some success landing his right uppercut but it too was more quiet than usual because of Parker's insistence on keeping the fight measured and at long range. Beyond Wilder and Povetkin, the most risky tests are rematches against Parker and British rival Dillian Whyte.

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