Deontay Wilder reiterated his desire to face Anthony Joshua and claimed that “cooperation” is the key to sealing the undisputed world heavyweight title fight which he has deemed as inevitable.
Wilder must first defend his WBC belt against Dominic Breazeale on May 18 before Joshua puts the IBF, WBA and WBO titles on the line against Andy Ruiz Jr on June 1, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said last month that there was “a clear desire from both sides to make the fight” and now Wilder has welcomed a meeting that would put every major heavyweight title up for grabs but boxing fans may have to wait until 2020 for it.
Wilder speaking to the media has been quoted as saying “We need to see one champion, one face, one name. It is a mighty task to getting that complete. It takes cooperation with a lot of people to make that happen,
“Everybody wants to see the big fight but there are certain things we need to do – [Breazeale] is the mandatory. One fight, one step at a time.
“I bring the excitement, I hold all the keys, I am the man in the heavyweight division. Ain’t no other fighter doing what I’m doing.”
“Believe me, this fight is going to happen,” roared the Alabama slammer during training camp just hours after the Miller drug testing bombshell dropped.
The Breazeale fight was ordered by the WBC, leaving Dillian Whyte to take on Oscar Rivas in July, after Wilder’s talks to rematch Tyson Fury broke down with Fury now set to face Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas on June 15.
“I consider mandatories like flies, always buzzing in my ears especially when I’m trying to do something for the division,” Wilder said.
“Every man I face lands on the canvas and I will continue to do that. No man will get in the ring and defeat Deontay Wilder.”
The “Bronze Bomber” reigned supreme in victory over Ortiz which was achieved in dramatic fashion following a scare in the middle rounds, and when it appeared he was running out of time against a Fury masterclass, Wilder found a stunning right hand to drop the Englishman and escape from LA’s Staples Centre with a split decision draw with his unbeaten record still intact.
Finally earning respect after years of criticism, Wilder remains hungry to further enhance his reputation and that involves a much anticipated fight with Joshua.
“It’s the fight that sets me apart from everybody else. I’ve fought and hurt every single person that’s been in the ring with me and still they still want questions answered.
“Bermane Stiverne, Alexander Povetkin, Luis Ortiz, and Tyson Fury. I’ve proven time and time again that I will fight any heavyweight, but when it’s as big as me and Joshua then it has to be right.
“Fury don’t want to fight me no more. He doesn’t want to feel my power no more.
“I’m learning this business as I go on and I know what me and Joshua means to the sport of boxing.
“The fight will happen one day, and you’ll see that I was right all along when they give me my roses and I get to smell them.”
By Kenny Leavett.