Anthony Joshua Has Responded To Deontay Wilder Calling Him Out

British champ Anthony Joshua has said he's not 'ducking' any fight and has accused his rivals of 'making noise' on social media.

The 28-year-old WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight champ made his comments following Deontay 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.

Credit: PA

"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."

After knocking out Bermane 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.

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

"I have been taking challenges throughout my career - even as an amateur I was doing that, and I fought for a world title in my 16th professional fight.

"I've never been in the business of ducking anyway, I'm not afraid of anyone."

But it's not just Wilder who's keen to take on Joshua. Kiwi Joseph Parker the current WBO heavyweight champ, is also said to be up for it, with Joshua's trainer Robert McCracken previously saying he'd prefer to see this fight first.

And let's not forget that Tyson Fury has thrown his name into the mix, too.

Fury told Sky Sports: "Do I need that many warm-ups? I don't think so. Am I a 40-year-old? No, I'm 29. Still got a long time in boxing. I'm just so happy and excited to potentially be a part of one of the biggest fights in British boxing history.

"People say, why do you think it's that? I'm saying it because two unbeaten heavyweights, one unified champion, one lineal champion, both over six foot six tall, both over 18 stone. One nice guy, one bad man - it is what it is. I think the public are going to relish the thoughts of making this fight happen."

He's a popular man, eh?

Source: BBC; Sky Sports; IFL TV

Featured Image Credit: PA

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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