Deontay Wilder’s Manager ‘Optimistic’ A Deal Can Be Made To Secure Anthony Joshua Boxing Match
Shelly Finkel the co-manager of Deontay Wilder is hopeful a boxing match with Anthony Joshua can be made.
Wilder vs. Joshua has been a fight many boxing fans have wanted to see for quite some time, but for different reasons, it hasn’t come to fruition. But, now, it has looked closer than ever and Finkel says the hope is to get the fight done for early 2024.
“I am optimistic that a deal can be made for Deontay to fight Joshua in early 2024,” Finkel told Sky Sports.
Not only is Deontay Wilder’s manager and team interested in securing the match, but Eddie Hearn – who promotes Anthony Joshua has also been vocal in trying to get the fight made.
“I think that he can beat Deontay Wilder comfortably, but he could also get beat by Deontay Wilder. I don’t think necessarily, I mean, the good thing is he got – what was it – seven rounds in against a tall opponent who can punch a bit with the backhand? I think it’s difficult to replicate certainly the power of Deontay Wilder. But I’ve always felt that AJ can outbox Deontay Wilder,” Hearn said.
“I prefer him to box tentatively than his old style against Deontay Wilder. I know he can beat him with that style as well, but I would like to see him box Deontay Wilder, try and break him down. If he lands the right hand on Wilder like that, the fight’s over. And vice versa, if Wilder lands a right hand. That’s why it’s one of the best fights in boxing,” Hearn concluded.
If the fight does come to fruition, it would be massive and the winner would likely get a heavyweight title shot.
Deontay Wilder is currently 43-2-1 and hasn’t fought since October of last year when he knocked out Robert Helenius in the first round.
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