Deontay Wilder wasted little time in calling out Anthony Joshua after his routine knockout of Bermaine Stiverne on Saturday in Brooklyn to retain his WBC heavyweight title.
Wilder, who floored Stiverne with a first-round right-hander before ending the fight with a barrage of punches, has the opportunity for another defence against Dillian Whyte, but made it clear a shot at Joshua’s WBA and IBF belts is his aim.
“I’ve been waiting on that fight for a long time now. I declare war upon you. Do you accept my challenge?” said the American, who extended his undefeated record to 39 fights by eliminating Stiverne – his sixth defence of the WBC belt.
Should a deal for the fight be struck, the bookies see Joshua as the firm favourite, with Ladbrokes & Coral making him 2/5 to see off Wilder’s challenge and retain his titles. Paddy Power rate Joshua as a 1/5 chance, offering Wilder at best odds of 16/5.
|All odds quoted are subject to change|