The British boxer has expressed his intentions to fight Wilder.
After unifying three out of four major titles in a victory against Joseph Parker, Joshua believed it is finally time to face Wilder in the ring.
Meanwhile, the American fighter, Wilder, subdued Luis Ortiz via a massive knockout in the tenth round. With the win, he was able to retain his heavyweight title. He went on to call for a unification bout versus Joshua for the second time.
But some things are not just meant to be. Or at least just for this year.
The showdown, dubbed as the biggest heavyweight match in recent years, was cancelled for 2018.
After a series of negotiations, the efforts of both camps to seal the Joshua-Wilder clash failed to materialize.
Eddie Hearn, the promoter from Matchroom Boxing, announced yesterday that Joshua’s challenger will be Alexander Povetkin of Russia instead.
According to him, the Joshua-wilder fight was axed as Shelly Finkel, the co-manager of Wilder did not return the contract sent to their camp last week.
Wilder has posted a lengthy open letter to his fans about the issue, extending his apologies for letting Joshua’s camp play everyone.
“I’m sorry guys they played us all.”
He claimed that Joshua’s camp gave him the “lowest offer in the history” because the boxer was terrified of him.
“He wanted to fight in his country, I respect that. They offered me a ‘flat-fee’ (crack head money). Something that’s equivalent to a pack of peanuts, a loaf bread and a jar of honey!”
Hearn and Wilder have been in a Twitter war in the past week. The former posted the shortest yet shadiest reply to Wilder’s lengthy posts, saying “Sign the contract.”
Meanwhile, Finkel felt that the decision was disappointing but not surprising.
“We wasted a lot of time.”
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