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Joshua Still Open To Wilder Fight After Win Against Wallin

Joshua Still Open To Wilder Fight After Win Against Wallin

Anthony Joshua has said he has not shut the door on a possible fight with former world champion Deontay Wilder.

Joshua recorded a fifth round technical knockout win against Swede heavyweight Otto Wallin on Saturday night in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia.

However, Wilder lost to Joseph Parker on the same night with a scorecard of 118-111, 118-110 and 120-108.

Joshua and Wilder, had signed to fight twice in 2024 but a third loss within the latter’s last four fights has seen the mega-fight go from a certainty to hanging on by a threat.

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Matchroom Boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn, immediately said after the fight that they will dismiss Wilder and target IBF number one Filipino Hrgovic instead.

While many expected that result against Parker might jeopardize a potential bout, Joshua is not ruling out the possibility.

“I’m not too sure what can happen from here, but I’m sure from a fan perspective they’ll be more annoyed. For me I always understand how this game is. You never know,” Joshua, quoted by British Boxing News, said at the post-fight press conference.

“This is elite level boxing. Wilder just came up short but he’ll live to fight another day.

“Me and him can still get it on, we can still get it cracking. I believe I’m a massive threat. I still think Wilder is a threat, and I still think it does amazing numbers if you get it on. But I’ll leave that down to my management, trainers, promoters, to make the decision. I’m down to fight anyone, whenever, and whoever.”

Wilder has lost three of his last four outings, which includes two title bout losses against Tyson Fury.

Meanwhile, Joshua has now won three straight after suffering consecutive title losses against Oleksandr Usyk.

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