Joshua Not Giving Up on Wilder Dream Match

Joshua’s Eyes Still on Wilder Amidst Ngannou Clash

Unfinished Business: Joshua-Wilder Saga Continues

In the world of heavyweight boxing, few tales have twisted and turned as much as the potential showdown between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder. Despite a sea of challenges, Joshua hasn’t closed the door on this epic encounter. The British heavyweight titan is gearing up to face Francis Ngannou, the mixed martial arts powerhouse, on March 8 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This bout comes after plans for Joshua to square off against his American counterpart fell through, following Wilder’s unexpected defeat to Joseph Parker in December 2023.

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Tale of Two Titans

Joshua and Wilder’s paths have been intertwined since 2016, following Joshua’s triumph over Charles Martin. His subsequent victory against Wladimir Klitschko in 2017 only fueled the fire for a clash with Wilder. However, boxing politics, Tyson Fury’s dramatic return, and the rise of Oleksandr Usyk have all played their parts in delaying this heavyweight clash of titans.

Despite the setbacks, Joshua remains optimistic. “It’s a fight that fans want to see,” he revealed to Sky Sports. He acknowledges the fight was close to happening, with everything “signed and sealed.” Yet, Wilder’s loss to Parker threw a wrench in their plans. Joshua, however, sees a path forward, noting, “It just needed both of us to deliver. And he didn’t meet his end of the bargain.”

Joshua’s Next Challenge: Ngannou

Before any potential revival of the Joshua-Wilder storyline, Joshua must first navigate past Francis Ngannou. The former UFC heavyweight champion poses a unique challenge, with Joshua noting the importance of never underestimating an opponent. “You should always overestimate people if you want my opinion,” Joshua stated, mindful of Ngannou’s impressive performance against Tyson Fury.

Looking Ahead

Joshua hints at a return to the UK following the Ngannou fight, eyeing a window to entertain home fans with more blockbuster bouts. While the focus remains on March 8, the spectre of Wilder looms large. A victory for Wilder in the meantime could set the stage for the long-awaited clash.

In the dance of heavyweight boxing, Joshua remains a key figure, with his sights set on both immediate challenges and the lingering potential of a Wilder fight. The tale is far from over, and fans remain on the edge of their seats, waiting for the next chapter in this thrilling saga.

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