ANTHONY JOSHUA is being hunted down by WBC champ Deontay Wilder for a huge unification fight in 2018.
The American faces Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz on November 4, a week after British golden boy AJ defends his IBF and WBA belts against Kubrat Pulev in Cardiff.
Both are mandatory defences of their respective belts but the real money – and glory – will be the clash of the champions.
Wilder – who has 37 knockout wins from 38 fights – said: “When I beat him [Ortiz], I want Joshua.
“Everybody knows that I want to unify the division.
“Whoever I’ve got to beat to finally get that fight made, then let’s do it.
“If Ortiz is the gatekeeper for unifying, then I can’t wait. But my ultimate goal is to unify.”
As well as chasing down a seismic showdown with Josh, Wilder has offered to fight both of the Fury brothers.
? Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev – Betting tips ?
Anthony Joshua defends his heavyweight titles against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev on October 28 – here’s our view on the fight…
- DIAMOND – AJ to win by KO, TKO or DQ in the First Round: “AJ is known for his devastating power and boasts an astonishing 100 per cent knockout record.” (10/1 – add to your betslip)
- NEXT BEST – Joshua to win by KO, TKO or DQ in the Seventh Round: “Pulev is experienced and may hold his own for the first half of the fight.” (8/1 – add to your betslip)
- LONG-SHOT – Pulev to win KO, TKO or DQ: “He’s a massive underdog but heavyweight fights throw up a shock every once in a while.” (12/1 – add to you betslip)
Undefeated lineal king Tyson Fury is miles out of shape and still being cruelly denied a chance to redeem himself due to boxing bureaucracy.
And Hughie has dropped down the heavyweight pecking order following controversial defeat to WBC champ Joseph Parker last Saturday.
Wilder also claims to have begged future hall-of-famer Wladimir Klitschko into a fight but the former champion allegedly ducked the heavy-handed showman.
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He said: “You know, Klitschko told me I’ve got to fight somebody else.
“But I’ve got the WBC belt. Why you don’t want to come and take this?
“You had all the titles and I had the WBC belt. Why have I got to fight somebody else?
“If I’m that easy, why people feel like they have to dodge me, if I’m so easy? I don’t understand it.”
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