Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder could collide in a huge heavyweight title unification in early 2018 it has been revealed today.
A fight between the two heavyweight champions in a unification could mark the biggest fight between a US and UK fighter in some time within the sport.
The old rivalry between the two countries in the heavyweight division renewed for the first time in a long, long time.
Both undefeated fighters with massive knockout records – i’s a fight that fans no doubt around the world would be captivated by.
It’s taken a step closer to reality today too. Speaking to Sky Sports, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said:
“Both have commitments to finish, so next year is the time to meet.”
Wilder currently holds the WBC heavyweight title, with Joshua holding he IBF, IBO and WBA (Super) titles. New Zealand’s Joseph Parker holds the remaining WBO heavyweight title.
Both Joshua and Wilder have been making progress year by year, although Joshua’s last victory over Wladimir Klitschko far surpasses any Wilder has recorded in his pro career to date to be fair.
Wilder knows that he needs a big fight, and soon.
Joshua must fight mandatory contender Kubrat Pulev next up – while Wilder awaits confirmation of his next opponent at this time.
Provided both men win, perhaps early 2017 could deliver this cross Atlantic heavyweight bonanza with a bit of luck.