I’m ready to fight Wilder or Fury any time, says Anthony Joshua
Deontay reveals he broke his arm 12 weeks before fight with Tyson
Anthony Joshua has said he was ready to fight either Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury when they are ready.
The British heavyweight, holder of three of the four world belts, has been accused by some fight fans of ducking the big match-ups, while rivals Wilder and Fury had a thrilling brawl in Los Angeles at the weekend.
Fury called Joshua a ‘chicken’ and a rematch between him and Wilder looks inevitable in the wake of their controversial draw.
That could mean Joshua being frozen out of the division’s top fights for a little while yet, but the 29-year-old reckons he is ready to go.
After Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel suggested a Wilder-Joshua showdown could happen, Joshua wrote on Twitter: ‘What took this fool so long? Like we ain’t been interested!
Anyway, well done Fury! They (Wilder) wanted to get to you because they assumed you were finished!! I’ll give you a fair one when you are ready. Either one of you.’
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has gone to Los Angeles this week and says he is hoping to talk about an April date between his fighter and Wilder.
Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren, however, hopes to open talks over Fury-Wilder II.
Hearn told the Daily Mail: ‘First we need to find out what is happening with a Wilder-Fury rematch and whether the rematch clause we are hearing about is what it seems.
‘If anything, the way that fight went on Saturday works in our favour in terms of getting Wilder. That has always been the fight we want because he has the last belt.
‘It might also be the case that Wilder fancies his chances in a punch-out with AJ rather than another go at Fury. As far as AJ is concerned, he will fight anyone. He would love Wilder next and he has always wanted Fury.
‘I am going out to LA and we will talk (with Wilder’s representatives) this week. It is a fight we definitely want for April and will work hard to make.’
Meanwhile, Deontay Wilder has revealed that he broke his arm and required surgery just 12 weeks out from his training camp for the fight with Tyson Fury.
The undefeated American secured two knockdowns en route to retaining his WBC title in a controversial draw on Saturday night.
And the ‘Bronze Bomber’ has now admitted his preparation was severely hampered after fracturing his arm in sparring.
‘A lot of people don’t know, 12 weeks before camp I broke my arm, we kept that a secret, surgery and everything,’ he told EsNews.
‘I broke my arm from my wrist to elbow, I was sparring, getting ready and I was getting the best of my sparring partner, I was going to the body, he turned his elbow out and my bones and his elbow went in like a hammer to a nail. It just broke it.
‘We wanted to keep that sewed up, you know, we don’t make excuses, that whole camp we rallied through and I barely threw any punches my whole camp.