Wilder keen for Joshua showdown

20 February 2018 04:30:13 EST

Deontay Wilder has stressed his desire to unify the heavyweight division and feels Anthony Joshua will be the man standing in his path.

The 32-year-old American has held the WBC belt since 2015 and is currently preparing for his seventh defence of the title when he faces Cuban Luis Ortiz at the Barclays Centre, New York, on 3rd March.

However, Wilder is already looking beyond Ortiz as his ultimate aim is to be in possession of all four heavyweight belts at some stage of his career.

The big fight is me and Joshua, of course, and that's who I want.

Deontay Wilder

Therefore, he will be a keen observer when Joshua puts his IBF and WBA 'Super' belts on the line against WBO champion Joseph Parker at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on 31st March.

The victor of that fight will hold the other three titles and Wilder will be looking for a unification showdown, although he is hoping that Joshua is the man that he ultimately faces.

"The big fight is me and Joshua, of course, and that's who I want," said Wilder on Sky Sports.

"I've been calling him out for almost two years now. A lot of people think this just started, but it didn't, it started years ago.

"I told people to do their research and their history, then they'll come up with the facts instead of the fiction. But, I want to unify by all means necessary, whether [Joseph] Parker has it or Anthony [Joshua] has it.

"It doesn't matter who has it, I want to unify and I can't be clearer than that."

Looking ahead to his Ortiz fight, Wilder added: "Luis Ortiz you about to go down. I'm going to use you as an example for the rest of them.

"People say you got skill, people say you got will, they say you King Kong, the boogeyman as well. All of these things they relay you as, but the Bronze Bomber is going to beat you."

Wilder is 1/4 to defeat Ortiz, who is priced at 3/1 to win the bout, while Joshua is available at 1/12 to win his heavyweight fight with the New Zealander, Parker, 6/1 to come out on top.

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