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Wilder still keen on Wembley showdown with AJ



Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua

DEONTAY Wilder’s manager, Shelly Finkel says his client is open to taking on Anthony Joshua at Wembley Stadium. Finkel believes it is still an enormous fight and will sell 80,000 tickets at the home of English football.

  The Bronze Bomber returned with a bang on Saturday, knocking out former sparring partner, Robert Helenius in one round at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Wilder is now expected to take on Andy Ruiz Jr in a WBC final eliminator bout for a shot at Tyson Fury’s green strap but is open to other options.

  AJ is among his top priorities having recently branded the bout as the ‘biggest fight in the world’. Over the years there have been multiple attempts to make it happen, however the fight is yet to come to fruition.

  Finkel is hoping to change that and has expressed a great deal of interest in the exciting alternative.

  “We said at the press conference it depends what surfaces this week. Whether it be Oleksandr Usyk, or [Eddie] Hearn reaching out. It’s funny with Eddie, he made all these big statements before, ‘Oh, I tried and I tried, Shelly doesn’t want to talk to me’,” Finkel told The Sun.

  “I was asked if they offered the right deal, would we do the fight in the UK? Of course. Financially, it could be Saudi Arabia or another country, but it really comes down to them. I believe the fight between Deontay, and Joshua will do 80,000 at Wembley.

  “Two or three years ago, when Joshua and us did not make the fight, he had options and he was on top of the world. Right now, he doesn’t have many options and if Fury fights Usyk, the only real big fight out there for Joshua is us. But it’s up to them.

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  “The important thing, without getting into a big dialogue with Eddie, was to wait until after the fight and then decide. If Deontay lost, there would be no fight, but now we’ll see, the fight is as enormous as ever.

  “Ideally [Wilder should] come back in the spring, like March. The preference would be probably Usyk, Joshua or Ruiz. And then some scenario whoever the first fight was, then the second fight we’d do that, I wouldn’t assume three fights but two.”

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