Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) has finally spoken out about the failed negotiations with WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs).
The fight between Joshua and Wilder has been speculated for a while and a lot of people are highly anticipating for it to finally happen. But even Joshua and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, are still waiting for Wilder to sign the contract. Wilder was offered a $15 million flat fee to fight Joshua on British soil.
Joshua, on the other hand, turned down the huge $50 million offer from Wilder’s management when he was invited for a match in the United States. Because of disagreements, the heavyweight unification bout between the two unbeaten champions might have to wait until April 2019.
Anthony Joshua Literally ‘Hanging around’
Despite the constant arguments, Joshua seems to see the funny side of the situation. He posted a picture of himself while hanging upside down at his boxing gym.
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) 9 July 2018
Anthony Joshua Has Upcoming Fights This Year
While waiting for Wilder’s confirmation, Joshua still has some other fights to look forward to.
It was recently announced that Joshua will have two fights at Wembley Stadium, which will be held on September 22 and April 19.
“I am returning to Wembley after two mega fights in Cardiff,” Joshua said, after announcing that he will have two fights at Wembley Stadium, on September 22 and April 19. “I want to thank the supporters from Wales and Great Britain and also the people of London for patiently awaiting my return.”
Joshua is expected to fight with WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in his the first fight. This bout has been set as WBA told him he risks losing his belt.
The last time that Joshua was seen in action was in March when he defeated Joseph Parker in Cardiff.
Meanwhile, Wilder’s last fight was in March, wherein he defeated Luis Ortiz.