Wilder Wants Anthony Joshua After Brutal Breazeale Knockout

…Joshua’s Camp Ready For Showdown

Heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder took just over two minutes to KO his latest challenger, Dominic Breazeale.

​Deontay Wilder says his sights are set on facing unbeaten fellow heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua this year after defending his World Boxing Council title with a brutal first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale in New York.

Reaffirming the devastating knockout power which ranks him as dangerous as anyone in the history of the division, the American poleaxed Breazeale with a cannonball right hand straight through his rival’s defences after just 137 seconds at the Barclays Center on Saturday (Sunday NZ time).

Wilder, who stated that he may attend Joshua’s debut on American soil at Madison Square Garden on June 1, raised his record to 41 victories and one controversial draw – against Tyson Fury in Los Angeles last December.

Yet in spite of the bold call to arms, the process to determine the undisputed champion out of the three undefeated fighters at the summit of the division remains tardy, riven by egos, greed and promotional wrangling.

Following their fight six months ago, Wilder and former world heavyweight leader Fury were expected to face each other in a rematch, but when Fury joined forces with a rival promoter and broadcaster it was put on hold, while negotiations with Joshua have become a merry-go-round, with both sides failing to agree terms several times.

Joshua and Fury will fight lesser lights in New York and Las Vegas next month, after which talks for the fights heavyweight boxing must agree to will resume.

Fury was fast to react to Wilder’s victory yesterday. “I would just like to say well done to Wilder in knocking out Breazeale. I got that prediction quite correct,” Fury said.

“Anyone who wants to go toe to toe with Wilder will have the same fate as Breazeale and the rest of his 40 other victims. Anthony Joshua, you’ll get it as well. Same thing will happen to you, mush. Dillian Whyte, you’ll get it as well. But Wilder – you’re the second-baddest man on the planet, behind me.”

With the win over Breazeale, Wilder raised his record to 41 victories and one controversial draw.

Wilder said that he remains determined to come face to face with both Britons in the ring, although given their promotional deals it is still unclear whether the super-fights will realistically take place this year.

“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,” added Wilder of the case of the two former world champions who failed to agree terms 25 years ago.

“The heavyweight division is so lit right now, it’s so on fire, and I have an obligation to give the fans what they want. The great thing is all these fights are in discussion. The big fights will happen.

“There’s too many people and opinions involved. It will take our teams to sit down and get it done for the fans. The big fights will happen the way we all benefit. We risk our lives, so let us get our time to iron out our differences and you guys will know when it happens.”

Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, appeared to be in agreement yesterday. “This is the fight that will change the sport globally, it’s a legacy fight and AJ wants it so bad.”

Wilder also climbed down over his distasteful comments last week that he wanted “to kill” opponent Breazeale and that he wanted “a body in a bag” on his record. Mauricio Sulaiman, the WBC president, told Wilder that action would be taken over the comments.

Anthony Joshua’s promoter appeared to back a match with Wilder: “This is the fight that will change the sport globally, it’s a legacy fight and AJ wants it so bad.”

Anthony Joshua’s promoter appeared to back a match with Wilder: “This is the fight that will change the sport globally, it’s a legacy fight and AJ wants it so bad.”

“I just told Breazeale I love him and I want to see him go home to his family,” Wilder said. “We say some things, but when you can fight a man and then can hug him and kiss him, I wish the world was like that.”

If Wilder does attend Joshua’s debut in the United States, it may help to push forward the talks.

In the UK, two world champions were crowned. Billy Joe Saunders became a two-weight world champion when he outboxed Shefat Isufi to earn a lopsided decision – 120-108, 117-111 and 118-110 – at Stevenage Football Club to add the World Boxing Organisation super-middleweight title to the middleweight crown he relinquished last year.

In Glasgow, Josh Taylor dropped Ivan Baranchyk twice in the sixth round en route to winning a unanimous points decision to claim the International Boxing Federation super-lightweight title in the World Boxing Super Series semi-final.

Taylor stretched his unbeaten record to 15 fights, taking the decision 117-109 and 115-111, twice, on the judges’ cards and will face the American Regis Prograis, who is the World Boxing Association 140lb champion, in the WBSS final this summer.

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