THE wait for Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder would stretch for another two years if it was left up to the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion. The British heavyweight’s promoter, meanwhile, has warned both fighters that the longer they wait to fight, the more likely it is one of them will lose.
Joshua, 29, defends his titles against huge underdog Andy Ruiz Jnr on Saturday night in New York and there was hope, although only a glimmer, that the Englishman’s next opponent would be the WBC heavyweight boss.
But on Tuesday evening, Alabama’s Wilder – who two weeks ago knocked out Dominic Beazeale in one round – ruled himself out of the contest everyone wants to see when he announced on social media that his next bout will be a rematch against Luis Ortiz. It is likely to take place in September with both Los Angeles and Las Vegas being considered to host.