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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Anthony Joshua has eyes on Deontay Wilder fight next

Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua is still eyeing a fight with Deontay Wilder after continuing his undefeated ways on Saturday night.

Joshua beat Alexander Povetkin via 7th-round TKO at Wembley Stadium in London to improve to 22-0 with 21 knockouts. Though his nose was bloodied early in the fight, Joshua came on strong in the 7th, dropping Povetkin once and then finishing off his wobbly opponent soon thereafter.

In his post-fight interview with DAZN, Joshua said he wanted to face Wilder next.

Joshua has four heavyweight title belts and is viewed by many as the top heavyweight in the world, with Wilder being his best challenger. Wilder is 40-0 with 39 knockouts and holds the WBC heavyweight belt, though his critics question the level of competition he has faced. He can answer many of those questions with a win over Tyson Fury on Dec. 1.

Joshua and Wilder were involved in fight negotiations this year that fell apart, so getting them together in the ring will not be easy. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn even mentioned a second fight with Dillian Whyte as a potential backup plan if the Wilder fight does not materialize.

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