I want Joshua’s WBA and IBF belts, Wilder declares


A fight between undefeated WBC title holder, Deotany Wilder, and Anthony Joshua is imminent as the undefeated WBC title holder has “declared war” on Anthony Joshua in the wake of the British fighter’s victory over Carlos Takam in Cardiff on Saturday.

Joshua has earlier hinted that we would want to fight American Wilder and New Zealand’s Joseph Parker in his bid to unify all the heavy weight titles and Wilder has replied that he wants Joshua’s WBA and IBF belts and is now pursuing a blockbuster heavyweight clash to unify the division.

“I declare war. I am declaring war upon AJ. I will not chase him”, the American said. “We are going to lure you in; you can only run for so long and so far.”

He continued to stress he will accept promoter Eddie Hearn’s £3 million offer to fight Dillian Whyte, but only if he can face Joshua afterwards. “You want Whyte and I want Joshua. Put them in a package and let me fight,” he added.

“I will knock out Whyte easy. I could do it with one hand tied behind my back.”

Joshua, speaking after his victory at the weekend, seemed open to the possibility of a showdown with Wilder, but conceded he may have to fight WBO champion Joseph Parker first.

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