Confirmed: Deontay Wilder to fight Luis Ortiz next
- Author: Julie Sanders May 30, 2019,
May 30, 2019, 12:54
Andy Ruiz Jnr is capable but not as explosive as Klitschko or Alexander Povetkin, who have provided Joshua's sternest tests during his reign as world champion. Ruiz Jr, meanwhile, flexed his biceps for the cameras but appeared to move very slowly as he also sparred with his coach. "He has only one title missing".
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"The great thing about this is all these fights are in discussion, no doors are closed, all teams, all parties that are involved are talking and that's the great thing about it", Wilder said.
"No one really does that to me in sparring and stuff like that". Wilder looked like a insane man calling me out, then Tyson Fury came back. I don't give a damn about them.
Whyte is now training for a high-risk fight against unbeaten contender Oscar Rivas at The O2 on July 20, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Joshua says he and promoter Eddie Hearn first explored, and preferred, options like Luis Ortiz and WBA "Regular" heavyweight champion and mandatory challenger Manuel Charr.
But Ruiz Jr said: "Carlos Takam, Dillian Whyte?"
"This is what I'm told all the time".
"So I have got to make sure I work on my reactions - staying off my phone to make sure that my eyes aren't too exhausted because I've got to stay sharp with my eyes and how I react to these type of punches".
He says: 'Believe me I would rather fight Wilder in two years.
"All the people are underestimating me, but it'll be a hell of a fight". I am bigger now. I thought: "I can do a lot better than those guys". And there is a British link to the most famous Garden night of them all, the "Fight of the Century" featuring Ali and Joe Frazier. Although it's not fair that I've been accused of ducking him.' Joshua feels he's been rushed since turning professional the year after he won gold, as a late starter in boxing, at the London Olympics'. "Wherever there is a ring - got gloves, will travel". While his love for fighting remains strong, he accepts the time is approaching to walk away from the game, faculties still intact, and focus on the next chapter of his life.
Matchroom Boxing Managing Director Eddie Hearn said: "I'm delighted that BBC Radio 5 Live have secured exclusive radio commentary rights to Anthony Joshua's highly-anticipated United States debut at the iconic Madison Square Garden against Mexico's Andy Ruiz Jr".