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Wilder: AJ must fight Stateside

Wilder: AJ must fight Stateside

Deontay Wilder has told Anthony Joshua that if he wishes "to be global" he needs to travel to America to face him in a world title unification showdown. The 31-year-old currently holds the WBC heavyweight strap and is keen to unify the division as quickly as possible.

Wilder has a title defence against Bermane Stiverne in New York on 4th November after his original opponent Luis Ortiz failed a drug test, while Joshua puts his WBA 'super' and IBF belts on the line against Kubrat Pulev in Cardiff on 28th October. Providing both men maintain their unbeaten records, there will no doubt be renewed calls for a clash between the pair.

It seemed Wembley Stadium was the favoured venue for a bout after Wilder witnessed Joshua's stunning defeat of Wladimir Klitschko in front of a 90,000 crowd in London in April. However, the American feels Joshua should travel to face him Sateside if he wants to finally make his name on the world stage.

"To be global, you've got to make your name in America and Joshua is not as big as people think he is over here," Wilder told Sky Sports. "The UK is about the size of Texas. One state in my country, where people don't know who Joshua is for real. If my name was brought up and Joshua came along it's the same as if Joshua's name came up, my name would come along. It will be a great fight, but he is not that popular over here. I had to burst a lot of people's bubble but he's not. If he wants to be global, he needs to come to America to fight me, but to be honest, I don't care where it happens."

Meanwhile, Joshua is 6/1 to defeat Pulev with a third-round stoppage in their 28th October bout, while Pulev is priced at 10/1 to win the fight.





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