Deontay Wilder Has Unfinished Business With Anthony Joshua, Wants Fight With Ngannou’s Conqueror

Deontay Wilder Has Unfinished Business With Anthony Joshua, Wants Fight With Ngannou’s Conqueror

Byron Pillay
updated at March 14, 2024 at 6:23 AM
  • Deontay Wilder was due to face Anthony Joshua but suffered a surprise loss to Joseph Parker
  • AJ went on to take on Francis Ngannou instead and defeated the Cameroonian in quick fashion
  • Joshua is waiting for the winner of Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed world belt

Deontay Wilder still wants a piece of Anthony Joshua.

The Bronze Bomber was initially scheduled to face AJ, but a surprise loss to Joseph Parker ruined those plans.

Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua could meet in the boxing ring later this year.
Deontay Wilder still wants to face Anthony Joshua in 2024. Image: Al Bello/ James Chance.
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Wilder took on Parker, while Joshua faced Otto Wallin, and the two established heavyweights were then scheduled to fight each other in March 2024 if they both won.

As noted by ESPN, those plans were ruined when Parker defeated Wilder by unanimous decision. Joshua would then go on to face Francis Ngannou instead.

Wilder wants fight with British boxer

While his first chance at getting his hands on the British boxer failed, Wilder hasn’t given up.

World Boxing News reported that the American still hopes to fight AJ this year. His co-manager, Shelly Finkel, explained that they would be open to speaking to Joshua’s camp to make it happen.

"I would hope the Anthony Josuha fight could still happen for Deontay Wilder. We’ve always said we wanted that fight," he remarked.

Finkel also provided a brief update on what was next for Wilder as he plans a return to the ring. A good performance in his next fight could make a bout with Joshua too good to pass up.

"We will hopefully have some news about Deontay’s next fight soon, but not yet," Finkel added.

What’s next for Joshua?

While he waits for Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk to settle their differences in the ring, Joshua could turn his attention to a Croatian heavyweight. That fight could be for the vacant IBF world title.

Anthony Joshua knocks out Francis Ngannou

Sports Brief previously reported how Joshua took just two rounds to knock out former UFC champion, Ngannou.

Ngannou was looking to cause another upset in the boxing world after his impressive showing against Tyson Fury.

Instead, it was AJ who put on a show to remember, as he dropped the Cameroonian in the first and second rounds.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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