AJ’s hopes of an enormous stadium unification combat with Wilder are actually on maintain till the summer season
ANTHONY JOSHUA’S hopes of an excellent combat in opposition to Deontay Wilder suffered a blow because the American introduced he had agreed to combat Cuban Luis Ortiz.
The 2 had been because of meet earlier within the 12 months earlier than Ortiz misplaced out on his shot on the WBC heavyweight champion after failing a medication take a look at.
Wilder as a substitute produced a surprising first spherical knockout of substitute Bermane Stiverne earlier than calling out Britain’s IBF and WBA title holder AJ.
Ortiz returned to motion final evening and defeated Daniel Martz within the second spherical, with Wilder confronting the victor within the ring afterwards.
By way of a translator, Ortiz stated: “Joshua clearly doesn’t need to combat you, he doesn’t need to combat him (Ortiz), let’s give the world this combat and make it occur.”
Wilder responded: “Most undoubtedly. Thank God that he blessed you once more and since he blessed you, I’m going to bless you too.
“I believe you’re top-of-the-line and I need to show I’m top-of-the-line.
“So for one of the best to show they’re one of the best, one of the best should combat one another. So I’m going to bless you once more with a second alternative… I’m coming for you, I’m prepared, I don’t need no excuses!”
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Wilder “declared conflict” on Joshua after extending his unbeaten report in opposition to Stiverne and accused AJ of “dodging” him.
Joshua is now at present negotiating with WBO champion Joseph Parker.
But a potentially huge stadium fight with Wilder now looks like it will have to wait until the summer.
Wilder has vowed to knock out Ortiz, saying: “I’m always a man of my word… Luis Ortiz you will have your fight, I will bless you again.
“This time, no excuses… make sure you train hard because I’m coming to whoop your a**.
“Every man that’s stepped in the ring with me got knocked out, if you step in the ring with me I’m going to know your a** out too!”
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