Watch: Anthony Joshua wants to set up bout with Deontay Wilder next

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After knocking out Alexander Povetkin on Saturday to retain his three heavyweight titles, Anthony Joshua is turning his sights on Deontay Wilder.

If Wilder beats Tyson Fury in their bout in December, Joshua would like to take on the American in April.

“When’s he ready, we’re ready,” Joshua said.

See Joshua’s full comments in the video below.

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Anthony Joshua has targeted Deontay Wilder and Dillian Whyte in his pursuit of an opponent for his April 13 date at Wembley after clinically defeating Alexander Povetkin.

He showed greater maturity and further signs of improvement as he absorbed the Russian’s aggression before adapting and ruthlessly stopping him in the seventh round to retain his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles.

Joshua had recovered from being hurt by a left hand in the opening round and initially boxed through a heavily bleeding nose as the 39-year-old Povetkin continued to both miss and land with further lefts.

It was from the third that the champion began to dictate the range and pace of the action, and the seventh when he changed the fight with a huge right hand before securing the stoppage after the first knockdown.

Povetkin had previously only lost to Wladimir Klitschko, and over the distance while the Ukrainian was at his peak, and while Joshua showed signs of vulnerability, his latest victory showed why many consider him the best in the world.

Wilder is scheduled to defend his WBC title against Tyson Fury on December 1, but overlooking his domestic rival in favour of the American and Whyte, the 28-year-old Joshua said: “My number one (choice) would be Wilder. No contract’s signed.

“(There’s also a) mutual respect fighter to fighter, so if Dillian wants it then he’s more than welcome. Let’s finish the year on a high.

“We’ll put a poll out on Twitter; anyone’s welcome (as an opponent). There’s always complications and (mandatory) fights we have to do, but sport is about what the fans want.

“Alexander Povetkin is a very tough challenger; he proved that. But I’ve come in here to have fun, do what I’ve been working on in the gym and give it my best.

“I realised he was strong to the head, but I know that he was weak to the body, so instead of jabbing to the head, I was switching it up.

“He threw a good right, but let’s not worry about that, that’s out the way, let’s figure out what’s happening April 13.”


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Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn previously failed to secure Wilder as an opponent in a unification match-up that would be the most lucrative in the division, but insisted he would make a fresh attempt to do so.

He also works with Whyte and Dereck Chisora, who are expected to have a rematch in December, and while Fury has already claimed on social media that they will never consider him, Hearn said: “Joshua is a player in this game. The one stepping up and taking on great fighters.

“He is a special talent and a great model. There was a lot of pressure; Povetkin is a great fighter.

“Joshua’s a real world champion; we will go away now and try and make a fight with (Deontay) Wilder.

“(This) was about getting that big banana skin of Alexander Povetkin out the way.

“If it’s not Deontay Wilder then it will be Whyte here on April 13.”

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Tyson Fury will fight Deontay Wilder in December

Tyson Fury will fight Deontay Wilder for the WBC heavyweight world title on December 1.

American Wilder, 32, and Fury, 30, have agreed to the bout with a venue in the United States, expected to be Las Vegas, set to be announced next week.

The promotional tour for the fight gets under way in London on October 1.

It will be only the third fight of Fury’s comeback – after defeating Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta – following a two-and-a-half-year absence.

Wilder will have held the WBC title for almost four years when he meets Fury, with both fighters boasting undefeated records.

“Deontay Wilder, you are going to get it and you are in big trouble,” Fury said in a video uploaded to his Instagram account.

“I have never met a man I couldn’t beat in the boxing ring or outside on the street.

“I know you have got a big punch and I know you are unbeaten. I know you have got a big mouth and I know you want to win, but you don’t want it like I do.

“You can’t beat me. I will force my will upon you until you quit, and that is a promise.”

Wilder later posted a video to his Twitter account, saying: “I can’t wait.

“It is going to be an exciting fight, an explosive fight, and one for the legacy. Definitely one for my legacy.

“You’ve got the WBC heavyweight champion of the world versus the lineal champion. It is going to be a pleasure.

“The two best heavyweights, competing against each other, the best fighting the best, and giving the people what they want. This is what we’re doing.”

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