Joshua says he’s “begging” for Wilder fight

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By Scott Gilfoid: After watching WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury hog the limelight with their highly popular fight earlier this month on December 1 on Showtime PPV, IBF/WBA/WBO champion Anthony Joshua now says he’s “begging” for a fight against Deontay. 

Joshua had recently ruled out a fight against Fury due to him not holding a world title belt. Joshua is now saying he’s willing to fight Fury on April 13. Joshua isn’t saying way he changed his mind, but it likely has to do with the lack of interest in his promoter Eddie Hearn’s idea of matching him against Dillian Whyte on April 13.

It’s interesting that Joshua, 28, is now talking up a fight with Wilder when it seems clear that he’s going to be fighting Tyson Fury in a rematch. That’s a classic move in the view of a lot of boxing fans. They wonder why only now Joshua is sitting up and making noise about wanting to fight Wilder when he’s clearly going to be fighting a rematch with Tyson Fury in the first half of next year. Is Joshua showing interest in fighting Wilder now because he really wants to fight him on April 13 or is he talking up the fight because he knows he won’t be available to take the fight?

“Begging? Yeah I am begging. I want to become undisputed champion of the world. I’m hungry for it, so yeah, I am begging for it,” Joshua said to IFL TV about Wilder saying he’s practically begging now for the fight on April 13. 

Joshua says his main objective is to beat Deontay to become the unified undisputed heavyweight champion. Joshua feels that collecting all the heavyweight titles will validate him in the eyes of the boxing public in making them feel he’s the best fighter in the division. The thing is, Joshua is at an impasse as far as him getting a chance to win all the titles. Since he and his promoter Eddie Hearn haven’t given Wilder the 50-50 split that he’s asking for in order to make the fight, they’re stuck in a position where they’re going to have to be satisfied with the three titles that they have. 

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