Finkel: Wilder will fight Joshua even if he LOSES to Usyk again

Deontay Wilder will ‘definitely’ fight Anthony Joshua even if he LOSES his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, reveals the American’s promoter Shelly Finkel ahead of his Las Vegas showdown with Tyson Fury

  • Anthony Joshua lost to Oleksandr Usyk last month to lose his four title belts 
  • Joshua’s bid for a Tyson Fury bout, who faces Deontay Wilder this week, are low
  • The Briton is now focusing on a rematch with Usyk at some point next year
  • Wilder’s promoter Shelly Finkel has offered Joshua a bout after the Usyk fight

Anthony Joshua has been told by Deontay Wilder’s promoter that a fight with the Bronze Boxer is still on the cards even if the Briton loses his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk. 

Joshua lost to Ukrainian Usyk in London last month, a defeat which cost him his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO titles and wrecked his chances of taking on Tyson Fury in 2022. 

Instead, Joshua is heading towards a rematch with Usyk to claim back his belts next year but Wilder’s representative Shelly Finkel, who is preparing his client to take on Fury later this week, has kept the door open for a Joshua-Wilder fight in the future.

Anthony Joshua has been handed the chance to take on Deontay Wilder even if he loses his next fight

Wilder’s (right) promoter Shelly Finkel (left) says Joshua can take on the Bronze Bomber soon

Speaking to The Sun about a potential clash between the Bronze Bomber and Joshua, Finkel said: ‘We’d definitely fight him, win or lose.’ 

However, the American boxing promoter added:  ‘If I was managing Joshua, a rematch is where I would go (next). I’m looking out for Deontay, and that’s all I’m looking out for, but I have been a fan of Joshua. 

‘He’s been a good representative of the heavyweight division. He needs to redeem himself, I don’t think he’s the same fighter he was before the fight with Ruiz and I feel early in this fight he got hit and wobbled by Usyk and that changed everything.

‘He didn’t come forward, he came on a bit in the middle rounds, but the things is he didn’t do what he had to do it win. I think Usyk will be more confident in the next fight but Joshua has a very good opportunity in the rematch.

Joshua (right) is currently needing to rematch Oleksandr Usyk (left) who he lost to last month

‘I picked him to win the first fight because of his size and I didn’t think Usyk looked great against either Chazz Witherspoon or Derek Chisora.’

Wilder needs to defeat current WBC and Ring Magazine title holder Fury in Las Vegas this Saturday in order to stand a chance of taking on one of Joshua or Usyk.  

Ahead of the trilogy fight with the Gypsy King on Saturday, Wilder revealed his intention to bypass Joshua and go straight for a unification bout with Usyk if he wins in the T-Mobile Arena.

Wilder (left) takes on British boxer Tyson Fury (right) in Las Vegas on Saturday night

The American said: ‘There is no rematch clause if I beat him on Saturday night… no fourth fight. We are closing the chapter in this book. 

‘I expect Usyk to beat Joshua even more easily in their rematch. He has been in touch about us fighting then for the undisputed world title.  He’s a gentleman and I would expect he would honour that commitment.

‘He’s getting older and he wants all the belts. But my goal has always been one face, one name, one champion and that will be me. Starting with knocking out Fury, who I hate.’

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