WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder threw the gauntlet at Anthony Joshua after his crushing title defence on Sunday, and he’s got one back, as the Nigerian-born Briton says he would “eat” the American if the pair fought.
After spectacularly destroying Bermane Stiverne to retain his WBC belt for the sixth time at the Barclays Centre in New York, Wilder raised the ante by calling out Joshua for a mouth-watering heavyweight unification clash.
Ruthless Wilder knocked down his Canadian opponent three times in the opening round before the referee moved in to avert possible murder. He then declared war on Joshua.
“I’ve been waiting on that fight for a long time now,” he declared.
“I declare war upon you (Anthony Joshua). Do you accept my challenge? I know I’m the champion, I know I’m the best. Are you up for the test?
“A king doesn’t chase the peasants. A king takes kings. I want Joshua. If he doesn’t give me the fight we have other plans. The world wants Joshua, the world wants Wilder, I want Joshua.
“Joshua come and see me baby. No more dodging, no more excuses. Make the date, don’t wait.”
And Joshua, who was left disappointed by Wilder’s weight against Stiverne, says he couldn’t wait for their fight to happen, Sun writes.
It was his promoter Eddie Hearn who broke the news to Joshua over Wilder’s weight before revealing the champ’s reply.
“I was really interested to see the weight of Deontay Wilder on the scales [220 pounds] .I texted that to Anthony today,” he told Sky Sports.
“Of course Joshua has told me we want all the belts and that means taking on all the champions. The gentleman over there sitting ringside, Tyson Fury, he’s in the plans for 2018 as well. Joseph Parker as well.
“I had a text from his promoter tonight, asking if we fancy making that fight next. Everybody wants to fight Anthony Joshua and you will see him fight everybody.”