By Brian Webber: Deontay ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder says he would like to fight Anthony Joshua in Africa in a mega fight there. Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) says both he and two-time heavyweight champion Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) have roots in Africa, and he feels that’s the only place he would be. interested. fighting him
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However, Joshua’s promoters at Matchroom Boxing probably won’t be interested in the idea of a fight with Wilder in Africa, because they will want to maximize revenue from this fight.
Joshua vs. Wilder makes more money in Saudi Arabia or the US than in Africa, so the fight has little chance of ending in that country unless the government is willing to pay a huge site fee to stage it there. .
Wilder is taking a scattershot approach to his next fight after this Saturday night’s comeback clash against Robert Helenius (31-3, 20 KOs) on October 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Deontay says he wants to challenge IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk if he is offered the fight. According to Wilder, Usyk will attend his fight this Saturday night and could be in a scouting career.
“All the best to the top,” Deontay Wilder told the media when asked who he wants to fight. “I will not stop. I’m picking up where I left off. I’m going to continue with that. Three fights a year; I prefer that I have three.
“You have the Usyk; you have the Ruiz, you have the Joshua; are the main three that people want to see, especially Joshua. He is the number 1 fighter in the world for me. me and him That goes off wherever he wants him to go.
“I want to go to Africa for that,” Wilder said of Joshua. “That’s where I want to go. I want to go to Africa for that. I think that would be good. We both have roots from there. There hasn’t been a fight there in a long time. I think the last one was Lennox Lewis and [Hasim] Rahman.
“People say me and Joshua, me and Joshua. That’s fight #1 for them. That being said, if that’s the number 1 fight in the world, then that’s what I want.
“Come on Saturday night, I don’t want people to think I’ve found a new style or something. I’m just getting back to the basics of things. Footwork is going to be very important.
“If you go back to the first fight with Stiverne, I showed a lot of movement. I’m just going back to it. I’m just getting back to the basics of things.
“I do not wanna lose my time. Joshua is definitely there. Anyone you can name is there. I can name a lot of names, but there are a lot of people who agree and disagree,” Wilder said.