Deontay Wilder Confident of Anthony Joshua Showdown Despite Recent Setback

Deontay Wilder Anthony Joshua fight

Former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (43-3-1, 42 KOs) remains undeterred in his pursuit of a highly anticipated showdown with Anthony Joshua, despite facing a setback against Joseph Parker last December.

Set to take on Zhilei Zhang on June 1st as part of the 5v5 event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wilder’s upcoming bout carries significant implications for his career trajectory. With a recent record of 1-3, critics suggest that the fight against Zhang is pivotal, with speculation rife that a loss could mark the end of Wilder’s time in the ring.

Acknowledging the challenges ahead, Wilder expressed confidence in the likelihood of a matchup with Joshua, stating, “People will always clamor for that matchup, regardless of setbacks. I’d place the odds of it happening in the high 90s.”

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However, skeptics argue that Wilder may be premature in focusing on Joshua, particularly considering the formidable challenge posed by Zhang’s powerful counterpunching abilities.

Nonetheless, Wilder remains resolute, emphasizing the potential of a victory over Zhang to reignite interest in a clash with Joshua. “It only takes one fight, one night,” Wilder asserted. “Knock Zhang’s head off, and the world will be buzzing for Wilder-Joshua once again.”

As anticipation builds for the June 1st showdown, all eyes will be on Wilder as he seeks to revive his hopes of a blockbuster showdown with Joshua.

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