Deontay Wilder Issues Statement Accepting Anthony Joshua's Challenge
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Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder in 2018? Well, it looks like the mega-unification is set to happen.
Following his points win over Joseph Parker on Saturday night at the Principality Stadium, Joshua bagged the WBO heavyweight world title, adding the belt to his impressive haul which includes the IBF, WBA (super) and IBO straps.
After recording his 21st professional victory, Joshua immediately aimed his cross-hairs on WBC holder, Wilder.
Joshua called out the unbeaten American.
Team Wilder responded, accepting the bout through co-manager Shelly Finkel.
But, Wilder himself, has now addressed Joshua's challenge. He's posted a statement accepting the fight in the U.K.
Deontay Wilder has released a statement accepting Anthony Joshua's challenge to fight him in the UK! #JoshuaWilder pic.twitter.com/iuScRWLt9J
- Against The Ropes (@ATRboxinguk) April 3, 2018
"First of all, I want to congratulate Anthony Joshua on his win last Saturday night," Wilder said.
"Anthony, I am so glad we finally heard from you on Saturday and that you want to fight me as your next opponent and you want the fight to happen in the UK.
"I accept that challenge and I am ready to come to the UK for my next fight. There is nothing on Team Wilder's side to prevent me from fighting you next.
"You also said on Saturday that your team is ready to meet with Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon from my side to get this deal done.
"They are also ready to meet with your team immediately. Let us know when - the sooner the better.
"Thanks Anthony, I can't wait to meet you in the ring."
His co-manager Shelley Finkel also weighed in on Joshua vs. Wilder, telling The Telegraph.: "We are really glad that Anthony Joshua said for the first time 'I will fight Deontay next...' and we believe he is a man of his word. Deontay accepts the challenge.
"We want to make it public that Deontay wants the fight, and we are prepared to come over, or meet here and get the deal done. Deontay is ready to sign and come to the UK to fight this summer."
Finkel says he, along with Al Haymon, the other co-manager, will be in touch with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing as they look to get a deal signed.
Make it happen, guys.