‘The fight is as huge as ever’: Deontay Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel talks about a possible confrontation with Anthony Joshua after the American heavyweight returned with a devastating knockout of Robert Helenius
- Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder appeared to face each other in 2018
- They were both world champions at the time, but the talks broke down after the fight
- They have since lost their world titles and are no longer undefeated champions
- However, Wilder returned to the ring and defeated Robert Helenius on Saturday
- Wilders manager Shelly Finkel still thinks a clash with Joshua would be huge
Deontay Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel believes a heavyweight showdown between the American and Anthony Joshua will remain a “huge” fight.
Wilder and Joshua were in talks for an undisputed fight in 2018, but discussions broke down and the pair went their separate ways.
They have since lost their titles to Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk respectively, but after Wilder knocked out Robert Helenius on his return to the ring on Saturday, Finkel thinks a clash with Joshua is still a fight fans want to see.
Deontay Wilder stopped Robert Helenius in the opening round of their fight on Saturday
His manager Shelly Finkel (L) would now like to see Wilder take on Anthony Joshua
“Two or three years ago, when we and Joshua weren’t going to fight, he had options and he was on top of the world,” Finkel said. The sun.
“At the moment he doesn’t have many options and if Fury fights Usyk, we are the only real big fight for Joshua.
“But it’s up to them. Most importantly, without having a big dialogue with Eddie [Hearn]had to wait until after the fight and then decide.
“If Deontay lost, there would be no battle, but now we’ll see, the battle is as huge as ever.”
Where the proposed fight would take place has been a point of contention in the past, but Finkel has insisted that they are open at this stage.
He has revealed that Wilder would be willing to travel to the UK to fight at Wembley Stadium, or the game could be held at a neutral venue.
Finkel has said Wilder would be open to fighting Joshua in the UK next year
“I was asked if they were offering the right deal, would we compete in the UK? Naturally. Financially it could be Saudi Arabia or any other country, but it really comes down to it,” he added.
“I believe the Deontay-Joshua fight will bring in 80,000 at Wembley.”
After Wilder’s fight against Helenius ended in the opening round, Finkel has indicated that he wants to get the former champion back in the ring in early 2023.
He has shortlisted three fighters that Wilder would ideally face, including Joshua, while Usyk has also been cited as a possible enemy after the Ukrainian expressed interest in taking on Wilder last month.
Finkel continued: ‘Ideally’ [Wilder should] come back in the spring, like March. Preference will probably be given to Usyk, Joshua or Ruiz.
“And then a scenario, whoever the first fight was, then we’d do the second fight. I wouldn’t assume there were three fights, but two.”