Deontay Wilder has bypassed his management team to directly call out Anthony Joshua

Deontay Wilder has told Anthony Joshua it will be a “disaster” if the two heavyweights fail to meet in a boxing ring.

According to promoter Eddie Hearn, the two were set to fight in Saudi Arabia at the back end of this year and a deal had been agreed. Joshua knocked out Robert Helenius – who was also Wilder’s last opponent – two months ago and a December fight was booked.

But hosts in the Middle East pulled out as attention turned to Tyson Fury’s undisputed heavyweight bout with Oleksandr Usyk, which is set to take place providing the Gypsy King gets past former UFC star Francis Ngannou this weekend. News about Joshua vs Wilder breaking down annoyed fight fans who have grown frustrated with the heavyweight division.

In 2019, a proposed undisputed fight between Joshua and Wilder was set to take place when the two held all of the heavyweight belts. While neither fighter is a current world champion, a scheduled bout would still attract millions of pay-per-view interest.

There were reports that the showdown could take place on the undercard of Fury’s winner-takes-all clash against Usy. However, the WBC champion rubbished those claims in a recent interview.

“It’s quite embarrassing really when you’ve got a former heavyweight world champion begging to be on the undercard,” Fury told IFL TV. “Is he (Joshua) a child or what? He wants to go on my undercard? Him vs Wilder? Go and get your own show.”

Speaking on Instagram, Wilder bypassed his management and promotional team to send a direct message to Joshua. The 38-year-old has urged his British counterpart to put their names in the heavyweight history books.

“Anthony, you’re hearing it from the horse’s mouth himself,” Wilder addressed on Instagram. “I’m here, I’m ready to go. I heard some of the things about what your promoter (Eddie Hearn) said about my last fight (against Helenius), which only lasted a short period of time.

“I haven’t fought in a year, and he doesn’t know if I want to fight or not. I’m letting you know right now, right here, that I’m ready to fight and ready to get in that ring. Let’s make this the best time of our lives. This will be a major disaster if we never get in the ring and put our stamp down in history.

“When people think about classic fights, I want them to think about us as well. To be able to do that, we have to get in the ring. That’s what it’s all about. The silliest thing I’ve heard people say is you’re not ready.

“I don’t believe that. I believe you’re ready. I hope you’re ready, I think you’re ready. Let’s make this happen, me and you. Let’s make history happen.”



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