The fight every boxing fan wants to see now appears to be on the cards for next year.

After Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder successfully defended their respective world titles in the two previous weekends, everyone has been wishing for a huge unification match-up.

Joshua beat a stubborn Carlos Takam, while Wilder made light work of Bermane Stiverne by knocking him out in the very first round.

Watch Wilder sent Joshua a chilling message:

Credit: Deontay Wilder

The pair of undefeated world champions have continued to stoke their rivalry by trading shots on social media.

And Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, has now confirmed that the IBF and WBA (super) champion will fight WBC champions Wilder in 2018.

It comes after the 28-year-old WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight champ responded to Wilder's declaration of war over the weekend.

Joshua told the BBC: "There's one thing talking and acting, but negotiations don't happen over social media.

"I'm serious about becoming undisputed heavyweight champion and we're making sure these guys who are making noise will back up what they're saying.

"It's no problem if Wilder wants to fight early next year, but no offers have been made to me.

"Let's present him with an offer, and see how they feel about that. If Wilder's not making an offer, we'll do it on my terms."

Wilder has an impressive 39-0 professional record. Credit: PA

After knocking out Stiverne in the first round on Friday night, Wilder asked of Joshua: "I know I am the best. Are you up for the test?

"I've been waiting on that fight for a long time now. I declare war upon you. Do you accept my challenge?"

However, Joshua is insistent he's not avoiding any potential fighter, he told IFL TV: "Deontay has called me out, which I did not expect as I've not seen any contract or offer in place.

"I've had to take it on, in my time off, to make plans to travel to America and discuss negotiations so I can become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

James Dawson

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