Deontay Wilder calls out Anthony Joshua after thunderous TKO of Bermane Stiverne

Erica Roy
November 9, 2017

Stiverne - the only man to go the distance with the WBC heavyweight champ - didn't even last a full three minutes against Wilder on Saturday night when he was crumpled after a furious flurry of punches that sent him to the canvas.

Afterward, Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) was asked about a heavyweight title unification bout with Britain's Anthony Joshua, the IBF and WBA champion regarded by many as the division's top dog.

The Olympic bronze medalist from Alabama had won the title from Stiverne on points when they first met almost three years ago, on the night Wilder became the first American to capture a piece of the heavyweight championship in almost a decade.

However, the WBC champ has not really made great progress with his purses as he earned $1.5m (£1.1m) for fighting the little-known Artur Szpilka in January 2016.

Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing has campaigned for Wilder to first fight British contender Dillian Whyte, but there is little interest in that fight, at least on this side of the pond.

He then told fight fans Joshua is his next target after saying: "I've been waiting on that fight for a long time now". No, I'm 29. Still got a long time in boxing.

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Still undefeated, The Bronze Bomber (39-0, 38 KOs) is now looking for a mega fight against Joshua, who is also undefeated (20-0, 20 KOs), and he is willing to travel to the United Kingdom in order to make it happen. The victor of Joshua-Wilder is the real heavyweight champion.

Bad blood between the champion and Sitverne was very much a feature in the build-up to the fight and it was Wilder who came out for the opening bell clearly intent on making a statement. "So the fight should happen where the biggest prize is". The world want Joshua, the world want Wilder, I want Joshua. "Let's see who is the best". The boxing fans deserve it.

"No more dodging, no more dodging, no more excuses. We don't want to wait".

That's the verdict of Sky Sports boxing pundit Johnny Nelson. I want Joshua. Joshua come and see me, baby. I'm too athletic. I told y'all I'm mobile, I'm hostile, I am the king, baby, and no heavyweight can compare to me.

The 32-year-old Wilder hopes his demolition of Stiverne, who's 39 and was a huge underdog, doesn't make Joshua reluctant to fight him. He showed up ringside to watch Saturday night.

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