Wilder’s manager reveals interest in AJ fight

Deontay Wilder’s manager Shelley Finkel has revealed that the American is’very interested’ in a world title unification fight with Anthony Joshua. While there has been much demand for a Tyson Fury rematch, his interests have turned elsewhere.

Fury vs Wilder ended in a draw (Getty Images)

“Listen 100 per cent we’ll do the rematch, but we’re going to go away, recalculate, see what’s going to happen, get back together,” said Fury.

Wilder sustained the belt in the heavyweight fight but was forced to settle for a controversial draw against Fury. Despite suffering two knockdowns many felt the Brit had done enough to earn a unanimous victory – but it did not happen.

Finkel, who praised Fury for his performance on the night, told Sky Sports News his client is interested in fighting Anthony Joshua in 2019.

“We’re very interested in the fight,” He admitted. “If he ]Eddie Hearn] wants to be professional and keep it in a private discussion, I’m open to it.

“If everything is in the paper, I have no desire to discuss anything, and let him go fight who he wants.”

“As far as AJ is concerned, he will fight anyone. He would love Wilder next and he has always wanted Fury.

“I am going out to LA and we will talk [with Wilder’s representatives] this week. It is a fight we definitely want for April and will work hard to make.

“Before we were looking at Deontay Wilder, Dillian Whyte or Dereck Chisora if he beats Whyte for April 13. Now we can put Fury on that list.”

A super-fight between the two undefeated champions was originally destined to happen this year, but after breakdowns in communication leading to ugly accusations – Joshua fought Alexander Povetkin, stopping the brave Russian in the seventh round.

Anthony Joshua is far from intimidated by the prospect of fighting Wilder or Fury, having watched their fight on Saturday night.


“What took this fool so long?” Anthony Joshua said. “Like we ain’t been interested?! Anyway, well done Fury! They wanted to get you because they assumed you were finished. I’ll give you a fair one when you’re ready, either one of you!”

Asked about a Joshua-Wilder fight, Hearn told Sky Sports: “Let’s see what happens.”



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