Shelly Finkel’s manager
interview WBN announced that his VIP client, ex-WBC heavyweight belt holder American Deontay Wilder (43-2-1, 42 KOs) is accepting the challenge of ex-unified world champion British Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) – they are ready make this fight next.
“Deontay wants to fight Anthony next,” Finkel says. “And we will take this fight both in Britain and in the Middle East. Yes, we remember that we have a WBC eliminator with Andy Ruiz. And we are ready to take part in it. But the priority is the fight with Joshua. His promoter Eddie Hearn says he approached me in August, but we had a fight with Robert Helenius at the time. And I immediately said that there would be no premature negotiations. Eddie knew that, but he played me anyway.”
“So, now we are ready to accept his offer to fight Joshua,” says Finkel. “You know how much Deontay wants this fight. We have been trying to make it since 2017. So stop procrastinating. Let’s negotiate. Fans want to see this fight. So what’s the point of dragging on? The Ruiz fight is not going anywhere. And if we don’t manage to get a fight with Joshua, then we fight in the eliminator. But even after defeating Ruiz, Deontay will be targeting Joshua. We understand that Eddie will want to first fight Joshua with Dillian Whyte. But the fans do not want this fight, but another. They want Wilder vs Joshua. And we are ready to negotiate. Let’s go?”
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