Nigerian-born world heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Olaseni Oluwafemi Joshua might still have a date to keep with fellow-title rival, Deontay Wilder of America, but that would be likely next year.
In spite of several intriguing stories trailing efforts to get both fighters into the ring this year, Wilder’s manager, Shelly Finkel says his ward will fight Joshua in 2020.
Long before then, Wilder will defend his WBC title against mandatory challenger, Dominic Breazeale next month, with Joshua is set for his USA debut at Madison Square Garden on June 1 against Andy Ruiz Jr.
Down the line, though, Finkel has raised fresh hope that the much-talked about unification fight of WBC’s Wilder against WBA, IBF and WBO champion, Joshua will still happen.
Wilder recently stated that his fight with ‘AJ’ is inevitable and Finkel has now added his voice of anticipation and expectation that it will finally happen next year.
Finkel said: “He’s fighting his mandatory now, then we have a pretty full slate for this year, then we will discuss fighting Joshua next year.
“The name calling, the immaturities that are in the press, they won’t help but won’t hinder making the fight.
“They are all in the works. There is nothing confirmed at this point, the only thing that is locked in is the fight with Breazeale on May 18.
“If everything goes the way we hope it will, we will then discuss his next fight.
“I have spoken with John Skipper [Executive chairman of DAZN, Joshua’s American broadcast partner] more than once.
“Him and I are developing a very good relationship, I’m very fond of him. Those talks will continue, and eventually it will lead to a fight of Deontay and Joshua.
“I think that on his [Wilder’s] resume, the same as one Joshua’s, it’s a fight that should and will happen.
“It’s a fight that will be remembered because there was such a build up, very difficult to make. But the fight will happen and the fans will get to see it.”