Anthony Joshua Says He Is Dreaming Of Fight Against Deontay Wilder

Anthony Joshua says defeating Deontay Wilder would be the “cherry on top” of his career thus far.

The 28-year-old defended his IBF and WBA ‘super’ world titles against Carlos Takam in Cardiff on October 28, whilst America’s ‘Bronze Bomber’ destroyed Bermane Stiverne in one round a week later in New York to retain his WBC strap.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has stated his desire for ‘AJ’ to fight three times next year, and Joshua is hopeful that an agreement can be reached to face Wilder soon.

“There are certain dreams that you have but can’t remember and others that you wake up from thinking ‘wow, that was real’ and I just feel I can beat Wilder for sure,” Joshua said to Gulf News.

“The proof is also in the pudding. I’ve had a more stellar amateur career, and have a more stellar resume.

“The only thing I haven’t added to the pudding is the cherry on top and that’s the fight.”

WBO champion Joseph Parker and Ring Magazine titlist Tyson Fury have also voiced their desire to fight Joshua next year, and ‘AJ’ says he understands the need to fight all contenders in the division if he is to be recognised as the undisputed “king” of heavyweights.

However, Joshua has vowed not to become complacent if he does achieve such status, given the continual challenges he is likely to face throughout his career in the blue ribbon division.

“You are never a true great until you finish [your career], that’s when you are truly appreciated,” Joshua said. “We’ll be making waves, but a king can never sit down for too long.

“People will always want to come to battle you and if you are a king in your sport you have to go out and defend your front.

“If I do beat Wilder or Fury, who knows, Wladimir [Klitschko] might decide to come back and then I have to get up and do it again.

“So, until I retire, I can never call myself a king or a great of my sport. I will have to continue, time and time again, to prove that.”


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