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Anthony Joshua won’t be at ringside to watch Fury, Wilder big fight


Britain’s Anthony Joshua . Adrian DENNIS / AFP

‘I would love to experience what women go through’

Anthony Joshua has revealed why he will miss the huge fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, which will shape the next phase of his career.Unified heavyweight champion Joshua is desperate to face American Wilder, who defends his WBC title against Fury in Los Angeles on December 1.

If Wilder successfully overcomes Fury, it could set up a potential blockbuster showdown between the rival belt holders.However, if Fury wins and a rematch clause kicks in Joshua may well have to look elsewhere for his next opponent.

Joshua will not be watching the bout, however. He explained: ‘Unfortunately the fight’s on too early for me, so I’ll be sleeping, but I enjoy watching the highlights.‘I need Wilder to win, and that way it gives me more of an opportunity to fight him, because as a champion, if he retains his belt. I think that’s the fight people have been yearning for.’

Meanwhile, boxer Deontay Wilder has admitted he would love to carry a child if scientists ever invent a procedure that would allow that to happen.Bruiser Wilder has knocked out 39 of his opponents during a glittering boxing career, but called women the ‘most powerful thing on earth’ and that he would love to experience pregnancy and child birth.

Wilder, 33, has seven children, including daughter Naieya, 13, who suffers from spina bifada, and is a true family man, focusing on them outside of boxing.He calls himself a ‘mother goose’ and ahead of his huge fight with Tyson Fury on Saturday night in Los Angeles, when Wilder puts his WBC heavyweight title on the line, the American is disappointed that the public do not see his softer side.

‘If they ever invent something that will allow a man to carry a child, I want to sign up for it,’ Wilder told The Telegraph.‘I really do. I would say to my girl: “Let’s have a baby, and I’ll carry it”. I would love to experience what women go through to bring life into this world.‘That’s why women are the most powerful thing on the earth. When we’ve got people who bleed for seven days every month… come on, man! 

‘But I really feel I’m the mother goose. I kiss my kids six or seven times a day. They are all individuals. I love them.’
He continued: ‘I wish people could see this side of me more often. My world is amazing. I don’t let certain things get to me and I let people assume about me. 

‘But as long as I’m civilised and can balance between being a fighter and a father, then I’m fine.’There has been plenty of bad blood between Wilder and Fury in the build up to the fight, when both boxers put their unbeaten career records on the line.

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