Deontay Wilder‘s manager has revealed that they would be open to making a huge fight with Anthony Joshua next, providing Wilder overcomes Robert Helenius this weekend.
“The time will come after this fight [with Helenius], if he’s sincere and Joshua wants it, we’ll make it. If Deontay does what he’s supposed to do, we’re ready.”
Team Wilder and Joshua were locked in negotiations between 2017 and 2019 to bring about a huge undisputed title fight between the then two undefeated heavyweights. Joshua however suffered the first defeat of his career to Andy Ruiz Jnr in 2019, while Wilder surrendered his own world title to Britain’s Tyson Fury eight months later. ‘AJ’ avenged the Ruiz loss but has suffered back-to-back defeats to Oleksandr Usyk in his last two fights, and while Wilder pushed Fury all the way in their third fight he eventually succumbed to an eleventh-round knockout himself.
Both men now find themselves looking up at the top table of the heavyweight division as Fury and Usyk prepare to fight for all the marbles in the early stages of 2023, with the chasing pack forced to fight each other while the routes to world honours play themselves out.
While a fight between the pair will never be on the scale it would have a couple of years ago, it remains one of the most exciting fights to be made in the sport with both names still carrying considerable weight in the heavyweight division.