Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder

Anthony Joshua manager hints at two-fight deal with Deontay Wilder both in US and UK

Published On Wednesday, May 22, 2019By British Boxing News
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Freddie Cunningham says Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder could fight twice

Freddie Cunningham, the manager for the Unified World Champion, indicated that there was a possibility of a future fight for Anthony Joshua on the cards against Deontay Wilder if they could straighten out all of the details that would be necessary for the match to go ahead reports today.

The pair first spoke about a potential future fight way back in October of 2017, but so far the couple has failed to agree on a deal. Cunningham has been working on behalf of Joshua to make the fight happen and believe that a possible solution would be to hold two bouts, one in the US and one in the UK.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said “I think if the fight is going to happen, it's going to be a two-fight deal whatever, so it's going to be one here and one there. It makes sense to do it that way. They are both huge names in their territories. Why not give the fans in America what they want and give the British fans what they want? So, I think it will happen, possibly both, but I don't know which way around.”

Since the discussions opened Wilder has had a couple of wins against Luis Ortiz and Dominic Breazeale though he famously only drew against Tyson Fury. Whereas Joshua has had an unbeaten run taking down Carlos Takam, Joseph Parker, and Alexander Povetkin. Joshua is due to make his US debut in Madison Square Garden on June 1st in a bout against Andy Ruiz Jr. A bout that will be really important for Joshua to do well at, especially given that Wilder had a stellar performance last weekend against Breazeale, knocking him out in the first round.

Joshua isn’t the only Brit heading state-side either, as Tyson Fury will fight on June 15th against Tom Schwartz. Joshua has been eyeing up a trip to the US to fight after the bout between Fury and Wilder last year, which drew massive attention to both fighters, a level of success that Joshua is keen to emulate. This was despite the fact that the bout ended in a draw amidst much controversy. 

Cunningham thinks that Joshua will have great state-side appeal and said “It starts with the fighting, his style, what he brings to the ring, the knockout will be the first part. Outside of it, I think it's just being himself. If you're one of those guys that maybe talks the talk you only go so far. You need to be a bit wider and he's got all the ingredients, he's personable. I think the American public like him as well. They seem to get on well with him; it's just showcasing who he is. Do everything in the ring, everything exciting there, and he can showcase who he is.”

Regardless of what happens, you can be sure the for Anthony Joshua, there are only bigger and brighter things to come in the future, and his bout on June 1st will surely be the beginning of it.