Deontay Wilder knew he needed to make a statement against Bermane Stiverne. The WBC World heavyweight champion was well aware of Anthony Joshua’s recent TKO victory over Carlos Takam in Cardiff and on Saturday it was Wilder’s turn to show what he can do.
As the bell rung it was clear that Stiverne was out of shape and about three minutes later he was knocked out unconscious face down, lights out on the ground.
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It was Wilder’s night and he took total advantage of it. Moments after his victory, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ knew he needed to make the most out of the opportunity while the whole boxing world was watching.
“I’ve been waiting on that fight [Joshua] for a long time now. I declare war upon you.”
It’s no secret that promoter Eddie Hearn has been trying to put a fight together with Wilder and Dillian Whyte, but the WBC World heavyweight champion has made it clear he is not interested.
“They are trying to give me a peasant in [Dillian] Whyte but I want the king, Joshua.
“A king doesn’t chase the peasants. A king takes kings. I want Joshua. If he doesn’t give me the fight we have other plans.”
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) November 6, 2017
“The world wants Joshua, the world wants Wilder, I want Joshua. Joshua come and see me baby. No more dodging, no more excuses. Make the date, don’t wait,” he said.
Last week the focus shifted a bit towards Tyson Fury and his inevitable fight against Joshua if Fury gets his license back. But after Wilder’s performance against Stiverne, it is once again clear which one is the more relevant fight in heavyweight boxing.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Hearn told Joshua’s response to Wilder’s recent call outs.
“I was really interested to see the weight of Deontay Wilder on the scales, 15st 9. I texted that to Anthony today, Deontay Wilder, 15st 9.
“I shouldn’t really tell you the reply, but it was ‘I’ll eat him,’ and the size difference is huge. It’s two-and-a-half stone now between those two.”
“Everybody wants to fight Anthony Joshua and you will see him fight everybody,” said the promoter.
For the sake of British heavyweight boxing, Joshua must fight Fury in 2018 no question about it. But before the domestic super clash, it’s high time to settle the debate against Wilder and make the fight happen sooner than later.