Anthony Joshua remains adamant that sooner or later, he’ll face Deontay Wilder in the heavyweight fight everyone wants to see right now, even if one or both of them lose their upcoming fights.
From Sky Sports:
“Yeah, we’re going to fight each other, but it’s interesting, because let’s say worst happens with Povetkin, it don’t stop me from having to fight them. They will still want to fight me, because we’re big in the game. That fight will happen regardless who wins. If Wilder gets beat in that fight with Fury, I’ll still fight Wilder down the line, or if Fury gets beat.”
I mean, he’s not wrong. It’s a pretty practical take, in all honesty. Joshua and Wilder could both lose, then if they won again the fight would still be worth a lot of money. Hell, Joshua and Wilder could both lose and fight each other immediately, and THAT fight would be worth good money. Not as much as it is right now, of course, but it’d still be an attractive fight. A loss doesn’t kill a career or anything.
That said, it’d obviously be best for their bank accounts and the size of a potential fight if they both won their upcoming bouts.
Joshua (21-0, 20 KO) faces WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin on September 22, while Wilder (40-0, 39 KO) defends his WBC belt against Tyson Fury sometime in November.