Deontay Wilder questioned over ‘biggest fight in world’ against Anthony Joshua

Deontay Wilder believes there is always a possibility of the fight between him and Anthony Joshua happening while they are still professionally boxing.

The 36-year-old American nicknamed The Bronze Bomber says he was approached recently by AJ's team but already had a fight against Robert Helenius scheduled for this weekend.

Wilder says he is constantly asked when he will face British heavyweight AJ in what is believe would be the 'biggest fight in the world'. However, he says that he won't be 'playing the games' of promoter Eddie Hearn.

"It's not done (over) as I'm still in the business," said Wilder.

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"Joshua is also still in the business. As long as we're both still in the business of fighting then there's always going to be an opportunity there because true or not every time I hear people they always tell me 'when are you going to fight Joshua?'

"Right now that's the biggest fight in the world between us still, right now still. That is the number one matchup that everybody is always asking me about.

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"It isn't a matter of if it's a matter of when. It's just got to be the right timing. We're not falling along with Eddie's games and stuff like that, they drained us.

"It's got to be at an appropriate time, not when I've already got a fight lined up. I felt like it was for him to have insurance because I don't think he (Hearn) thinks that Joshua is going to win against Usyk."

Wilder hasn't boxed since losing his WBC heavyweight title to Tyson Fury in their re-match last October by knockout and faces Finnish boxer Helenius in New York on Saturday night. Wilder has an incredible career record of 42 wins and two defeats, both against Fury.

The American heavyweight says he wasn't prepared to discuss a possible AJ or Oleksandr Usyk fight in the build-up to his fight against Helenius. He said that the fight against AJ should have happened when the Brit was heavyweight champion 2016 and 2019.

"Why would we entertain other business when we've already got business going on right now," he added.

"At the end of the day I've got to get past Robert Helenius. We've got (Oleksandr) Usyk saying he wants to give me an opportunity.

"Dealing with Hearne (Eddie) I've dealt with them before for six months. They just gave us the run-around. They can tell people all they want but he's a big manipulator. We all know the true facts of certain things.

"Me and Joshua could have been fought years ago. I could have been a unified champion years ago."


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