Wilder paves way clear for AJ bout

04 March 2018 04:12:17 EST

Deontay Wilder reiterated his desire to face Anthony Joshua after retaining his WBC heavyweight title with a 10th round stoppage of Luis Ortiz.

The 32-year-old American survived a seventh round scare to stretch his unbeaten run to 40 fights at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday night.

Wilder, who had knocked down Ortiz in the fifth, clung on in the seventh after being caught with a right hook and left hand by his opponent.

I figured out a way to come back. A true champion always finds a way. That's what I did tonight.

Deontay Wilder

Having recovered from that barrage, Wilder again put Ortiz down in the 10th, before a right uppercut finally ended the previously undefeated Cuban's resolve moments later.

Speaking afterwards, Wilder again stessed his desire to unify the heavyweight division with Britain's Joshua in his sights.

The 28-year-old Watford man, who currently holds the IBF and WBA belts, will face New Zealand's WBO champion Joseph Parker in Cardiff on 31st March.

Wilder is keen to face the winner of that bout and previously suggested that he fully expects Joshua to come through.

"I want to unify. I am ready whenever those guys are," he said.

On his seventh title defence, Wilder added: "I figured out a way to come back. A true champion always finds a way. That's what I did tonight.

"He hit me with flurry of punches but it wasn't hard. He knocked me off balance. I just had to get my fundamentals back and I did."

Joshua is available at 1/7 to win his heavyweight fight with the New Zealander, Parker, 5/1 to come out on top

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