Deontay Wilder declares the fight he wants next

Deontay Wilder
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Anthony Joshua or the Tyson Fury rematch? Deontay Wilder reveals the fight he wants next

YOU might think Deontay Wilder was torn. He has a significant decision to make now after all. Should he pursue a rematch with Tyson Fury, after their controversial draw on Saturday caught the attention of the sporting world? Or should he attempt to unify his WBC belt with the WBO, WBA and IBF world titles that Anthony Joshua holds?

Wilder maintains he did not fight at his best against Fury at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. He suggested being overeager to find a knockout finish threw off his boxing. “I was fighting against Fury and I was fighting against myself,” Wilder said. “This is the moment that I’ve been looking for.”

“I got over-anxious to knock Tyson Fury out. I said I would do it,” he continued. “I wanted the ending on a devastating knockout.”

He almost got that, but Fury somehow rose from an almighty knockdown in the last round to see out the draw. Wilder is adamant he wants to pick up where he left off. He won’t chase a fight with Anthony Joshua, he will pursue making the rematch with Fury as soon as possible.

“Why wouldn’t I want the rematch. I’m the baddest man on the planet?” Wilder asked. “I’m not running nowhere I’m excited. Whenever he’s ready, I’m ready.”

“God allowed this man to get back up for the rematch,” he continued. “He survived. He woke up from hell. And now I’m ready to put him back in hell.”

Wilder speculates that he’d be ready to fight Fury against in March or April of next year. “I willing and ready to give Fury the opportunity ASAP,” the WBC heavyweight champion said. “I think the fans deserve the rematch to settle the score once and for all.”

“We can’t get away from this fight. Everyone is talking about this fight,” he continued. “We want to prove to each other who is the best… And end this talk once and for all.

“I want to give Tyson fury the rematch ASAP.”

Deontay Wilder

The vacant April 13 date to fight Anthony Joshua at Wembley stadium in London does not appear to interest Wilder. “I haven’t even thought about Joshua. They got what they deserved,” he claimed. “They felt like they were the only ones running this sport… He could have had [the fight with] me. But their ego got the best of them. So let them continue to fight the second tier fighters.”

“They don’t want no one else to be equal to them or go past them,” he added. “They thought they were better than everyone.

“It ain’t about him no more. It’s long gone.

“This [the Fury rematch] is the most exciting fight in the heavyweight division and we’re ready to give the fans what they want to see.”

“I believe in having a strong American fighter to keep the division lit,” Wilder concludes. “That was my ultimate goal to bring the heavyweight division back in America.”

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