Wilder fired up for potential Joshua clash


Former WBC heavyweight chaWilder fired up for potential Joshua clashmpion Deontay Wilder is sure that a fight with Anthony Joshua will happen in the future despite recent setbacks, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

The American heavyweight faces Zhilei Zhang June 1, six months on from his shock defeat to Joseph Parker. The loss to Parker in December derailed a planned fight against Joshua, but Wilder says the long-awaited bout can still happen.

“People are always going to want to see that fight no matter what,” Wilder told BBC Sport.

“I put it in the high 90s (percentage chance of happening).”

Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott has backed his fighter to reassert himself among the likes of Fury, Usyk and Joshua, but insists he must stop Zhang in style if he is to have any chance.

“It’s really do or die now, he has to get this done and in his position he can’t get it done just any way, he has to get it done in a violent manner,” Scott told Sky Sports.

It’s right back there,” he said. “That’s where heavyweight boxing is great because you do that and you’re right back in the mix.”