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Anthony Joshua intends to throw ‘curveball’ offer to entice Deontay Wilder

Joshua has regained his world titles and says he’ll try to make Wilder an offer he can’t refuse.

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

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is currently set to take on Tyson Fury in a rematch on Feb. 22, but fellow titleholder Anthony Joshua still has an eye on that green belt.

Joshua has his own mandatory obligations to live up to, with it appearing like he’ll first make a defense against Kubrat Pulev, and if he can settle things with Oleksandr Usyk for a bit longer, he’d like to re-engage in discussions for an undisputed title unification. Wilder has already been linked to a third fight with Fury, which Joshua acknowledges, but he believes he can shake thins up with his own offer.

“Everyone wants Wilder to win because [a fight with me] is what everyone wants to see. Wilder has a great right hand, I have a great left hand. It is a great boxing match.

“We had a meeting about that. It has great potential. I heard [Wilder and Fury] have a third fight lined up towards the end of the year but we have to throw a curveball in there.

“Something that gets Wilder’s attention providing he wins so that he thinks to himself: ‘Even though I have a rematch clause, I’ll see how I can manipulate my contract, get out of it, and fight for the undisputed championship’.”

Specifically referring to Usyk, Joshua says he has great potential at heavyweight but believes he has to prove himself in the division, and that he himself has no problem being one to test him.

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