Boxing News At Five | Dec 14 2018

Boxing News at Five: Anthony Joshua tells Tyson Fury to get in line

But it looks like we're heading for Groundhog Day with Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, writes Terry Dooley
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Anthony Joshua Media Session  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

FOR months it seemed all but certain that IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will fight Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium on April 13 yet the recent split draw between former world champion Tyson Fury and WBC holder Deontay Wilder appears to have hastened a possible match between Joshua and Wilder or even Joshua-Fury if the parties can agree terms.

In a somewhat confusing interview with ESPN’s First Take, the Londoner stated that Wilder is his number one target as he holds the WBC’s green belt. Then he wrote off a potential Fury fight by asserting that when he turned professional he was not aware of the lineal history of the division and therefore doesn’t have time to promote and prepare for the contest.

In fact, you would expect something to be firmed up in early-January, as you would need all of February and March for promotional and other duties. The 29-year-old, though, was keen to stress that he is waiting for a serious offer.