I’ll fight Wilder on my terms, says Joshua


Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua, who beat Carlos Takam in Cardiff in October, has never been taken the distance as a professional

Britain’s Anthony Joshua insists he is not “ducking” any fighter and says his heavyweight rivals are just “making noise” on social media.

Joshua, 28, holds the WBA, IBF and IBO versions of the world title, with Deontay Wilder the WBC champion and Joseph Parker having the WBO belt.

Wilder, 32, wants a unification bout, but no firm offer has been made.

“There’s one thing talking and acting, but negotiations don’t happen over social media,” said Joshua.

“I’m serious about becoming undisputed heavyweight champion and we’re making sure these guys who are making noise will back up what they’re saying.

“It’s no problem if Wilder wants to fight early next year, but no offers have been made to me.

“Let’s present him with an offer, and see how they feel about that. If Wilder’s not making an offer, we’ll do it on my terms.”

‘This king has no problem travelling to knock out the champion’

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder knocked out Bermane Stiverne in the first round of their fight last Saturday

Wilder beat fellow American Bermane Stiverne on Saturday to extend his unbeaten record to 39 wins from 39 fights and taunted Joshua for never fighting outside of Britain in his 20 professional bouts.

“Packing out stadiums looks good but the money and Mecca of boxing is in America,” Wilder told BBC Sport.

“But if you want to stay at home like a little girl, this king has no problem travelling to knock out the champion.

“If Joshua’s a strong champion, a true champion, you guys in England should smoke him out, make him fight. You should see if he’s the best.”

In an interview with IFL TV,