Nigerian-born heavyweight boxing champion of the world, Anthony Olaseni Oluwafemi Joshua is now certain to fight American slugger, Deontay Wilder in a much-awaited unification bout, says the British fighter’s promoter, Eddie Hearn.
Joshua’s promoter stated as much after seeing Wilder floor his latest opponent, Dominic Breazeale with a devastating first round knock-out, which Hearn says added much more value to ‘The Bronze Bomber.’
Hearn stressed that Joshua’s undisputed title fight with Wilder must be the one to happen next with no excuses, if the Nigerian-born champion, who fights under Britain’s flag, defeats Andy Ruiz Jr on June 1st.
Wilder defended his WBC heavyweight belt with a stunning first round knockout of Breazeale in Brooklyn and Joshua wioll be the next focus when he makes his US debut against Ruiz at Madison Square Garden, New York, USA.
Hearn added that he hopes Joshua can produce a similarly destructive performance as Wilder, in order to set up an explosive super unification title fight between both champions.
After seeing the stunning knockout handed Breazeale, Hearn told Sky Sports: “That was an impressive win for Deontay – he’s exciting to watch.
“He has taken care of business, now AJ needs to do the same against Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden on June 1.
“The fight with AJ and Wilder is the biggest fight in the sport and all being well in two weeks’ time it must happen next – no excuses, this is the fight that will change the sport globally.
“It’s a legacy fight and AJ wants it so bad. Two big, fast, dangerous and fearless world heavyweight world champions that can turn the lights out with a blink of the eye – it’s a must.
“First things first, taking care of business on his American debut on June 1 and send a message straight back.”
On his part, Wilder insists he remains willing to fight Joshua and did not rule out watching his rival from ringside in New York.
Wilder added: “I’ve got a lot of obligations to fulfil, but if that date is open for me, you may see Deontay Wilder there.
“When it’s a good scrap, a good fight that people want to see, you might find me there. I can’t say right now, I can’t promise you that but when that time comes we’ll see what happens.
“It’s going to happen, it will happen. I believe in all my heart it will happen. I don’t want this to be a Lennox [Lewis] and [Riddick] Bowe situation, I definitely don’t.
“I always say how we’ve been trying, but it’s going to come back around again and I think the next time it comes around the discussions, that deal we’ve been trying to make, something is going to get done.”