Deontay Wilder says he is ready for a heavyweight unification bout with Anthony Joshua after retaining his WBC title with victory over Luis Ortiz on Saturday. Wilder twice floored the previously unbeaten Ortiz in New York before finally knocking him out in the 10th round to extend his own unbeaten record to 40 professional fights.
Before a unfication match can be scheduled, IBF and WBA champion Joshua has other business to take care of, with a fight against New Zealand’s WBO champion Joseph Parker coming up at the end of the month in Cardiff.
However, the bookies are already offering odds on Joshua v Wilder, with the Londoner the 4/9 favourite with Paddy Power to add to the two belts he already holds and Wilder a best price of 15/8 with Ladbrokes.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn says a unification bout is likely to take place later in the year, if his man beats Parker in Wales. “It’s the biggest fight in world boxing,” Hearn told the BBC. “He has the biggest test of his career against Parker, but if he wins it Anthony wants to fight Wilder.”
|All odds quoted are subject to change|