World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder has stated that his ultimate goal was to fight IBF and WBA title holder, Anthony Joshua.
32-year-old Wilder, who will be defending his title against Bermane Stiverne on November 4, said his desire to fight Joshua – unbeaten in 19 fights – was to prove to the world he was the best.
Joshua faces Carlos Takam in Cardiff’s Principality Stadium this Saturday to defend his IBF title which he retained after coming out on top in an epic battle against Wladimir Klitschko last April.
But Wilder believes Joshua should be ready for the unification bout after beating Klitschko.
He said, “He has already fought a guy that got way more experience than I.”
“The ultimate goal is to get Joshua”, Wilder told reporters via conference call.
“I don’t see what’s the difference between me and any other guy”, he added.
Wilder’s promoter Lou DiBella had earlier criticised Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn for talking down his fighter, and Wilder is convinced his rivals are avoiding him.
Seemingly frustrated, he said, “I don’t understand this sport when it comes to me. I just want to prove to the world I am the best. That’s all I want to do.”
However, Hearn had recently stated that if Joshua overcame Takam, he had a three-fight plan for 2018 which would include bouts with Wilder and WBO title holder, Joseph Parker.
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