Anthony Joshua will not be at Wilder vs. Fury
Deontay Wilder was ringside in April 2017 at London’s Wembley Stadium as IBF/WBA/WBO counterpart Anthony Joshua stopped 41-year-old Wladimir Klitschko in a competitive affair that saw Joshua get off the canvas in the sixth round to make his third defense of the IBF heavyweight title by way of 11th round technical knockout that came via a right uppercut to Klitschko.
Minor details, Tyson Fury did it first! In fact, Fury beat Klitschko’s 11 and half, a year and a half prior to become the lineal heavyweight champion.
Yet for some reason when Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) faces Tyson Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) on December 1 at Staples Center in Las Angeles on Showtime Pay-Per-View (9 p.m ET/ 6 p. ET), Anonthy Joshua will not be there live.
Joshua, who spoke to the UK’s The Daily Star explained that he will not be at the bout live, that he won’t watch the bout live since it’ll be too early in the morning in England and that he hopes that Wilder wins, since that is the bout the public has wanted to see.
The ugly underbelly to the fight between Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury, is how hard it has been for Anthony Joshua to get in with quality opposition since beating Wladimir Klitschko. Within weeks of a failed negation, Wilder vs. Fury was made, which made Joshua look not the greatest.
In the past year, easily Deontay Wilder has fought the toughest level of competition as he stopped heavyweight boogeyman Luis Ortiz and will face Tyson Fury next week on pay-per-view. In comparison, Joshua fought Top Rank undefeated heavyweight Joseph Parker and multiple time drug test failure, Alexander Povetkin. Tyson Fury after a three-year layoff took on two tune-ups against Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta before taking the Wilder fight.
Despite the world wanting to see a unification, Joshua doesn’t seem that interested as one of the biggest modern heavyweight bouts is occurring next week and he won’t be watching in any capacity.