In the lead up to his heavyweight unification fight with Joseph Parker on March 31st, unified champion Anthony Joshua held a media conference call yesterday where he spoke a little about the anticipation of a showdown with Deontay Wilder. Here’s what he had to say...
Joshua on all the hype behind a fight with Wilder despite unifying titles with Parker next weekend:
“Yeah, you got to remember a lot of the talk about me and Wilder started in 2017 after he beat Bermane Stiverne. I haven’t spoke much about it, you know. I’ve got great people in my corner that handle the business while I focus on the handling of my boxing technique.
“So we reached out to Deontay Wilder’s team before the fight with Joseph Parker was made, and once that fight didn’t happen and the fight with Joseph Parker was made I put Wilder aside and focused totally on that. So I’m not the one overlooking Joseph Parker, and I’m not the one hootin’ and hollerin’ about what’s happening next.
“I’m really focused on Parker because, as you know, if I don’t get past Parker it slows down the train and derails everything we’re trying to achieve in terms of trying to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.”
On if he’s sure that he would like a fight with Wilder in the future:
“110%! There’s no doubt in my mind that fight will happen. And there’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll beat Wilder as well. And, um, this is where we’re heading, you know...When Wladimir Klitschko was active and his brother relinquished the WBC belt — Wilder won it — if he was so interested in becoming undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, why didn’t he offer to fight Klitschko?
“There’s a lot of pressure from fans in America, and the media, and the papers, for Wilder to step up and fight, and now we’re here and I’m that champion. And as you said, I’m definitely looking forward to it. That’s why back-to-back I’ve been racking up these belts one-by-one, taking fights since my 16th fight...and we’re headed towards undisputed heavyweight championship of the world.”