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Deotnay Wilder fight “has to happen”, says Anthony Joshua

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Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 21-0 (20) believes that a fight between himself and American WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder 40-0 (39) is a fight that simply “has to happen”.

This week Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport made an offer of $USD12.5 million for Wilder to face Joshua.

The WBA, IBF and WBO champion says that his team are still waiting for a formal response back from Wilder’s camp.

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Speaking to Sky Sports, Joshua said: “If it is a $100m fight and they are happy with taking 60-40, I’ll take 50-50. Give me $50m dollars up front and I swear I’ll take that fight tomorrow. They’re not making offers like that, but they’re talking about it, so it’s not real.

“We offered them a lucrative deal and we are just waiting to hear if he’s serious or not.”

The 28-year-old from Watford also took issue with Team Wilder’s preferred method of communication.

“They like to jump on social media rather than emailing us back in a professional manner,” he said. “I don’t understand where they’re coming form, nevertheless, there’s many heavyweights out there that are serious.”

If that doesn’t sound hopeful from AJ, he insists that history is on the side of the fight happening.

“It has to happen,” he added. “There’s not really been many fights in the heavyweight division in history that haven’t happened when you’re talking about championship level.

“In terms of history, I think that this fight has to happen because it wouldn’t be great for this era of boxing if it doesn’t happen.”

Joshua is coming off a 12-round unanimous decision win over former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker of New Zealand, while Wilder scored a tenth round TKO of Cuban Luis Ortiz in his last title defence.

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