Brooklyn – Joshua! Joshua! Joshua! Yes, WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38KO’s) made very clear his intentions on finally getting in the ring to face IBF Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20KO’s) last night after his 1st round KO victory over Bermane Stiverne (25-3-1, 21KO’s) in Brooklyn, New York.
I won’t waste your time talking about the fight last night, because there is not much to say about it. The pre-fight press conference and weigh-in provided waaaaay more entertainment. In my opinion, the fight actually should have been stopped after the second knockdown after Stiverne turned his back on referee Arthur Mercante. Clearly, he did not want to continue and subsequently paid a horrible price on the third knockdown.
All the talk now will center around the potential mega-fight between Joshua and Wilder. As much talking as Wilder did last night, I believe the leverage for this fight sways in favor of Joshua. The massive crowds that have turned out for Joshua’s fights have made a huge impact in the fight game the last couple of years. His marketability as an “A” side fighter has undoubtedly made him a must-see attraction.
Most hardcore fight fans will make the argument that you have to fight in America to really cement your legacy, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that a Joshua-Wilder fight in England would absolutely draw 100,000 fans. Of course, Las Vegas is always a “hot” option for any big-time prize fight. I wonder what Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn (the George Michael of boxing) will have to say about this in the coming weeks. I guess we gotta have “Faith”. Photo courtesy of Ed Diller #ChillinWithCheese