Wilder wants Joshua in Africa: ‘This is the #1 fight in the world’


36-year-old Deontay Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) believes that his potential megafight against Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) is still, as it was three years ago, “the number 1 fight in the world” . On Saturday, the American will face Robert Helenius, entering the ring for the first time in a year.

They were in talks to fight for the #1 status in the division in 2019-2020 (Wilder owned the WBC belt, Joshua was the WBA, WBO and IBF champion), but everything was in vain.

“I would like to fight this fight in Africa,” he said.
BBC Sports. “This is still the #1 fight in the world for everyone. Everywhere I go, people always tell me about the Joshua fight.”

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Recall that Africa hosted (a long time ago, though) several classic fights among heavyweights, including the fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa (Zaire) in 1974.

“We both have roots there. I think it would be an amazing place to come back “home”. To the homeland. A continent full of our people. I just see it’s going to be an amazing fight, whether it’s a win, a loss or a draw,” Wilder said. “I think we will both get respect and love there.”

Wilder plans to fight for another three years.

According to the promoter, Joshua will first fight two “quick” fights. He has already been offered two top options instead of Fury.