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Deontay Wilder ready to hit the road in 2024 — not once, but twice

Deontay Wilder. Photo credit: Anthony Geathers/Getty Images

Former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is planning on fighting abroad twice in 2024.

It is well known that Wilder 43-2-1 (42) is in the final stages of negotiations for a bout against former two-time unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 26-3 (23) in Saudi Arabia in January.

But the 37-year-old American from Tuscaloosa, Alabama revealed this week that he wants to have a second bout next year outside of the borders of his homeland.

“As far as the boxing stuff, everybody knows the Joshua situation,” Wilder told ESNews. “That is serious. That is real. And that is one that is up next. And we’re looking forward to that. I’m getting into camp real soon for that.

“I’ll be promoting that within the next few months or so. And finally get that showdown on, once and for all. I think it’s gonna be a great, great fight between me and him.

“I’m actually working on a two-fight deal with me and Joshua. One up in Saudi Arabia and the other one up in—we’re going back to the motherland, Africa.”

The real surprise here is that Wilder says the African contingent is prepared to outbid any offer from Saudi Arabia.

“In Africa, they willing to overbid Saudi right now,” Wilder said. “They was gonna bid $200 million—100 [million dollars] apiece.”

If Wilder is unable to squeeze in a tune-up bout before January, he will have boxed less than a round in more than two years by the time he steps into the ring to face Joshua.

Britain’s Joshua, 33, has fought three times in the past year: a loss to Oleksandr Usyk in their rematch and wins over Jermaine Franklin and Robert Helenius.

Joshua is confident that the Wilder fight will get signed, sealed and delivered.

“Things are positive,” Joshua told Sky Sports News. “In reality I’m going to focus on the Wilder fight for now.”

While Joshua is focused on getting his next bout over the line, his conqueror Usyk 20-0 (13) will return to action this weekend when he makes the second defence of his WBA, WBO and IBF titles against Daniel Dubois 19-1 (18) at Stadion Wroclaw in Wroclaw, Poland on Saturday night.

This fight stands in stark contrast to WBC titleholder Tyson Fury’s next outing. Fury 33-0-1 (24) will face boxing debutant and former UFC champion Francis Ngannou in a 10-round non-title bout in Saudi Arabia on October 28.

Joshua has a clear view on who wins both fights.

“Fury’s got to get past [Francis] Ngannou. Usyk’s got to get past [Daniel] Dubois. Good luck to both of them. Good luck to every party involved and we can sit down and then rejig things around,” Joshua said.

“The goal is to have Usyk and Fury compete for the undisputed heavyweight championship, myself and Deontay Wilder, two big punchers, great fighters, been to the top of the mountain, slug it out and may the best man win.

“It’ll be a great event potentially. Wait to see what happens and then finalise the devil in the detail.”