WBC heavyweight champion of the world Deontay Wilder explains why Britain’s Anthony Joshua is part of his ultimate goal.
Wilder has been on the media circuit this week ahead of his latest defense against Cuban Luis Ortiz in New York.
The fight will take place on November 4th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a considerable challenge in itself for anyone familiar with the slick, sharp work of Ortiz when he’s at his best.
For those not familiar with Wilder’s next opponent, a quick recap is available here via the Boxing Channel YouTube (hat tip):
Speaking ahead of the fight, Wilder outlined in an open press conference media scrum that this fight is vital to his plans:
“When I beat him (Ortiz) I want Joshua. Everyone know what the deal is. I want to unify the division and whoever I got to beat to get to finally get that fight made then lets do it. If Ortiz is the gatekeeper, I can’t wait. But my ultimate goal is to unify.”
He went on to say:
“After this fight when Joshua gotta do what he gotta do with Pulev and I gotta do what I gotta do with Ortiz, I ain’t gotta even say no more.”
The fight would represent one the biggest clashes between heavyweight champions from the US and UK in many years.
A unification that could surely sell out a stadium, surely.
Now both men must come through tricky assignments and if they do – the big one in the heavyweight division is just around the corner in the new year.