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Deontay Wilder confident he’s on a different level than Anthony Joshua

A prospective Wilder-Joshua heavyweight unification fight could be the next big thing.

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

As the heavyweight division looks to be much more interesting that it has in recent years, fans are eager to see the top names in the division start unifying their titles in meaningful fights. One of the potential fights which could have blockbluster results would be a title unification between titlists Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) and Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs).

In an interview with FightHype, Wilder talks about his preference for a clash of the titans:

“I mean, if you look at Joshua, Klitschko, and Parker, Parker has the WBO belt, and you take those 3 and put me up on a chart and say which one would be the most exciting fight, a lot of people would think the Joshua fight would be the most exciting fight out of the three and I think I agree. You know, a lot of hype has been built up around Joshua being that he's in England. I think they got some wonderful fans there in England and they built the hype behind him very well...”

Wilder goes on to mention that the pure optics of a fight between Joshua and himself make it an exciting prospect of a unification, considering the physical stature of both men who are listed at 6’6” and 6’7”, respectively. Think Godzilla taking on a Kaiju. But despite the optics, Wilder believes he in a different league than Joshua.

“I definitely feel like I'm on a whole 'nother level than Joshua. I've been in this game for awhile now. I'm very experienced. I think I've seen every style to see, you know, the major styles that I need to see. I think I've seen it, I've learned it, and that's what allows me to adjust in the ring and do my thing. I definitely feel and know that I'm in another league of my own when you compare the two of us. But time will tell when we can get in the ring and see who's the best man. If he continues to win and do what he gotta do, I'm definitely going to continue to win and do what I gotta do, and hopefully we can meet at the end of the year and put on a super mega-fight for the fans.”

But before any “super mega-fight” can happen, Joshua first needs to take care of business against Wladimir Klitschko, which likely won’t be a lay-up. Joshua will take on Klitschko on April 29th and with a win a major PPV showdown between Joshua and Wilder is being targeted for late 2017 or the summer of 2018.

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