Anthony Joshua Accused Of Avoiding Deontay Wilder Fight

Anthony Joshua Accused Of Avoiding Deontay Wilder Fight

An American promoter has accused Nigerian-born British world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua of running away from fighting Deontay Wilder.

Joshua holds the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) belts while American Wilder is the World Boxing Council (WBC) world heavyweight champion.


“Why can’t it happen next?” Lou DiBella was quoted in a Daily Mirror report on Tuesday. “They literally fought one week apart. Neither one of them is hurt. They’re exactly on the same schedule.

“Anthony Joshua doesn’t wanna fight this man right now.”

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Wilder, 32, knocked out Bermane Stiverne in a brutal first round in New York last weekend, seven days after Joshua defeated Carlos Takam in Cardiff with a 10th round technical kmockout.

DiBella added: “[Promoter] Eddie Hearn doesn’t want Anthony Joshua to fight this man right now.”

However, Hearn is ready promote the much-anticipated fight next year at a big venue.

“Twickenham is a realistic option,” said the Matchroom boss.

“Wembley is quite difficult this year. We have already been in contact with them and the options aren’t great.

“We basically want the biggest possible stadium and if Wembley is not available, the next best would be Twickenham.”

Wilder and Joshua, 28, are both unbeaten, the American winning 29 of his 30 victories via knockout while Joshua has knocked out all his 20 opponents.

Wilder, nicknamed the ‘Bronze Bomber’ for his explosive style, immediately called out Joshua after beating Stiverne, declaring ‘war’ on the Nigerian-born Briton.
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  • Victor 4 years ago

    Ghen ghen! I fear this Wilder, I mean the confidence is so high that I shook when watching the fight between him and stiverne. Wilder is a beast, abeg Joshua don’t fight him for now.

  • Abeg, don’t rush Aj. This Wilder guys fights with raw anger. An experienced boxer will know how to use that untamed fire against him and knock him out. Aj is the opposite: cool, collected and calculated. Strategic too. This Wilder guy fights like an Agbero. Real champions don’t rush their fight. They plan well and study the opponent. Overconfidence we kee you, Wilder. You don’t want to take time to study your oponent?
    OKPE, like you. Abeggi, give AJ time to study your fighting technique jare, so he can add you to his KO statistics. LOL.

  • I live in US here and have seen Deontay fight. Brother, Anthony is more tactical, precise and a Nigerian and I tell u, He will beat u. Hold on for him, Do not run your mouth yet. Remember Anthony is Bricklayer.

  • Fasasi Kunle 4 years ago

    This guy (wilder) know how to create fears on opponents. Anyway one day is one day. People have to check those wilder has beaten and those Joshua has beaten as well. I believe Joshua is not like that man wilder just fought.