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Joshua wants big fight

Joshua and Hearn have been accused of dodging Wilder. Image PA Images Joshua and Hearn have been accused of dodging Wilder. Image PA Images
Cary Erickson | 07 December, 2018, 19:57

ANTHONY JOSHUA has insisted he is ready to fight Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder following their epic encounter on the weekend.

If Wilder blew out Fury in a couple rounds, the narrative would have been Fury was a shell of himself and Wilder wouldn't have received much credit for the win.

"I was sparring, just getting ready and I was getting the best of my sparring partner".

Tyson Fury was understandably the biggest mover in the SPOTY betting this weekend, after many thought him to be the true victor of his clash with Deontay Wilder for the WBC Heavyweight title.

'My main goal is Tyson Fury.

Wilder went on to add, "They didn't want to see this fight do well". I'm sat here with a draw today but everybody knows the truth and I don't feel any lesser of a man.

"I felt that I threw the more effective punches".

He indicated the rematch might happen as early as March or April.

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"He woke up from hell - I want to put him back there", Wilder said.

"Even with the two knockdowns, he was still miles ahead and a lot of big names in the sport have come out and said they had Tyson winning". "Nine times out of 10 the referee would wave that off".

Echoing opinions from some fans, Wilder seemed to question the count.

"When you coming in here fighting the champion, you've got to be dominant". Do you not think if he fought Deontay Wilder over here, 80,000 people wouldn't turn up to see the rematch? "Why wouldn't we? It was a great fight, and the buildup has already started right now". We are not here to get a 100-0 record.

"If he can conquer all what he has done, then I can conquer anything and it's the same to everybody out there - whatever you want to achieve in life you can achieve it", he said. I don't know, " Fury said afterward. I'm a boxer not a businessman and I'll probably go down the same route as every other boxer - skint at the end of it all. I'm the baddest man on the planet.

He continued: "I thought the result was ludicrous".

"So let them continue to fight the second tier fighters". Their ego got the best of them.

And Finkel, Wilder's co-manager, established that the American's camp would require talks to be more discreet this time. The fight ended in a draw. "Both of those guys earned a long, long rest, but you heard in Deontay's voice the rest isn't going to be too long".