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Deontay Wilder issues statement “accepting the challenge” to face Anthony Joshua in the UK

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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder 40-0 (39) has issued a statement to WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 21-0 (20) saying he is willing to travel to Great Britain to fight for the undisputed crown.

Joshua, 28, added the WBO belt to his collection on the weekend with his twelve round decision win over New Zealand’s previously unbeaten Joseph Parker 24-1 (18) at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

“Anthony, I am so glad we finally heard from you on Saturday and that you want to fight me as your next opponent and you want the fight to happen in the UK,” the 32-year-old Wilder said in the statement.

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“I accept the challenge and am ready to come to the UK for my next fight. There is nothing on Team Wilder’s side to prevent me from fighting you next.

“Thanks Anthony, I can’t wait to meet you in the ring.”

It is a change of tone from Wilder, who has spent much of his time with the media talking about wanting a body on his record and destroying AJ in the ring.

Wilder was last in action at the start of March when he dispatched Cuban challenger Luis Ortiz 28-1 (24) in ten rounds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Ortiz was down once in round five and twice in round ten with the referee waving off the fight immediately after the last knockdown without administering a count.

The fight marked the Bronze Bomber’s seventh successful world title defence, all of which have ended in a KO.

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