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Stephen Espinoza: Anthony Joshua-Deontay Wilder could happen within the next year

Showtime Sports boss Stephen Espinoza will encourage newly-signed Anthony Joshua to take on Deontay Wilder in the near future.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Sure, a fight between Deontay Wilder and Alexander Povetkin has hit the skids - but the good news is that there's still some pretty legit heavyweight match-ups to salivate over. Anthony Joshua, who recently signed a U.S. television deal with Showtime, appears to have a bright future ahead of him, and Showtime executive Stephen Espinoza wants to actively raise his profile Stateside. How does he do that? Well, Showtime Stevie wants to match him tough in intriguing fights that will draw an audience.

"I know that in the near future names like David Haye and Tyson Fury and Klitschko, Wilder and Parker are definitely on the agenda," Espinoza told Sky Sports.

But speaking specifically on a potential Joshua-Wilder fight, one that Espinoza rates as the number one fight he's asked about, Espinoza says it's a marquee match-up that's already brewing.

"I would love to see that within the next year and I think it's realistic to say that, if both continue winning. Even if not, I think it's a very attractive fight regardless.

"Two very athletic fighters, two very articulate, charismatic guys outside the ring, and so I'm hoping, I'm very optimistic we can get that fight done within the next 12-18 months."

Certainly this would be a huge title unification fight to be made if both stay on track. And considering that it's debatable which fighter is further along in their development (both in skills and marketability) - let's debate it!

Who do you like in a Joshua-Wilder fight? Which fighter do you think has the more refined skill set? Who has the highest ceiling? Sound off in the comments below.

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