Deontay Wilder responds to Anthony Joshua revealing their showdown is ’95 per cent done’


Joshua says the fight is close to being agreed (Picture: Getty)

Deontay Wilder says a ‘dream fight’ against Anthony Joshua is close to being agreed.

Talks have taken place for a spectacular night of boxing in Saudi Arabia in December where Joshua and Wilder would finally meet on the same night Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk go to war to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion.

Representatives from Skill Challenge Entertainment have confirmed plans for that event to go ahead with Eddie Hearn set to travel to the Middle East for further talks this week.

Two-time heavyweight world champion Joshua is hoping the fight that has been seven years in the making can go ahead, revealing to he believes it is ’95 per cent there’.

Wilder was ringside to watch Gervonta Davis stop Ryan Garcia in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Quizzed on the Joshua fight, he told IFL TV: ‘We got a lot of different options right now at this moment in time. Joshua, everybody. I think a lot of people is going to get that dream fight everyone wants to see.’

He added: ‘Nobody is an easy night. Nobody is easy because, on the night of the fight, you just never know what they might have in them that night. It might be like ‘I feel great!’


Wilder returned to winning ways against Robert Helenius last year (Picture: Getty)

‘Stay training, man, stay focused and I wish you nothing but the best.’

Wilder was crowned WBC heavyweight champion in 2015 with Joshua joining him on the world stage a year later.

A fight between the two has been discussed ever since but no deal has ever been agreed.

‘He is good, I respect him, I don’t undermine him. That will make me raise my game,’ Joshua said of The Bronze Bomber.

‘I respect what he has done and what he has done in this division. It is hard to become a champion and he did it so I have to respect that.

‘It’s going to be a tough fight but I am confident in myself. I’m a better, more well-rounded athlete, a better, more well-rounded fighter.’

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