“I heard [Wilder and Fury] have a third fight lined up towards the end of the year but we have to throw a curveball in there”
By James Dielhenn
Anthony Joshua says a ‘curveball’ offer could tempt Deontay Wilder into a undisputed heavyweight title fight instead of facing Tyson Fury for a third time
Anthony Joshua insists a “curveball” offer could tempt Deontay Wilder into a dream undisputed heavyweight championship fight, and has revealed he has held meetings to discuss how to set it up.
WBC champion Wilder will face Tyson Fury in a rematch on February 22 while Joshua will defend his newly-regained IBF, WBA and WBO titles against either Kubrat Pulev or Oleksandr Usyk, whose representatives he met for negotiations last week.
But Joshua’s attention is already on Wilder, and he told Sky Sports News: “We’ve had meetings. That same meeting with Usyk’s manager, afterwards we had another meeting to potentially put an offer in to solidify [a fight with Wilder] before they have even had their fight, and before I have my next fight.
Wilder and Fury went face to face
“Everyone wants Wilder to win because [a fight with me] is what everyone wants to see. Wilder has a great right hand, I have a great left hand. It is a great boxing match.
“We had a meeting about that. It has great potential. I heard [Wilder and Fury] have a third fight lined up towards the end of the year but we have to throw a curveball in there.
“Something that gets Wilder’s attention providing he wins so that he thinks to himself: ‘Even though I have a rematch clause, I’ll see how I can manipulate my contract, get out of it, and fight for the undisputed championship’.”
Joshua has labelled heavyweight rival Tyson Fury a ‘waffler’ after the Gypsy King claimed Deontay Wilder would knock out AJ inside two rounds
Joshua said about Fury: “He bet on Charles Martin to beat me, he bet on Joseph Parker to beat me! He’s a bit of a waffler. Fury does what Fury does. He said that he spoke to Conor McGregor on the phone? That was a lie as well!
“I’m supporting Fury because imagine the local kids being able to watch the undisputed championship fight on their doorstep. I’d love it to be here in the UK.”
“The one that I don’t fight, I will fight eventually,” he said. “In the heavyweight division everyone is welcome to challenge so even if it doesn’t happen first time, one of them will fight me in the future.
Wilder vowed to KO Fury
“We will end up fighting anyway.”
Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk has knocked out Tony Bellew in Britain, and won Olympic gold alongside Joshua at London 2012.
But Joshua embraced a fight with Usyk, saying: “We mean business. We want to fight the best. I go to those meetings. I let people know that I’m about that life.
“He’s the best cruiserweight that we’ve ever seen and I want to compete with him [as he] comes up to heavyweight. People say ‘he’s a cruiserweight’ but look at what Evander Holyfield did, phenomenal fighter.
“Who’s to say that Usyk can’t go on to do great things. But before we see that potential he has to come through the big boys of the division. I’ll be the first to challenge him.”
Asked if his next fight would be a UK homecoming at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Joshua said: “Why not. A great opportunity. To have the opportunity to go to Tottenham is a blessing. If Tottenham is open, then Tottenham it is.”
Joshua was speaking at a JD Sports fan event.