Nigerian-born British heavyweight boxing champion of the world, Anthony OlaseniOluwafemi Joshua has affirmed that he is ready to take on American pugilist, Deontay Wilder in a winner-takes all four-title fight.
Despite recent doubts hanging over the fight, mostly due to contractualand structural lines of difference between both camps, Joshua insists it is 95 per cent likely to happen this year.
Wilder made a $50m offer to Joshua last month to agree to enter into a bout that would crown an undisputed world heavyweight champion, and negotiations have taken place since.
Joshua unified the IBF, WBA and WBO belts against Joseph Parker in March at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, a third fight in 11 months that sold nearly 250,000 tickets combined.
WBC champion Wilder, unbeaten in 40 fights, most recently stopped Luis Ortiz and has staged three title defences in New York City.
Joshua, who was ringside to see Tony Bellew stop David Haye in the fifth round of a rematch at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, however, admitted some differences between his camp and Wilder’s.
He disclosed:“Let’s build this fight to its true potential. I want the fight in the UK and they want it in America.
“We’ve got a long time to finalise it, because it will [potentially happen at the end of the year]. We’re working tirelessly on it. I’m really interested in that fight.
“The fight is going to happen. Ninety-five per cent this year. I’m really, really, really interested. So, let’s put that aside and look at the devil in the detail.
“You can’t talk about finances anymore because I’m well aware there is financial gain in this fight.
“You can’t just offer me a buy-out clause. I’m not here to sell my belts, let you take control of the event – that’s not what I’m about.”