Undefeated WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder sent a message to Anthony Joshua with a brutal knockout win against Bermane Stiverne.
Wilder retained his title in New York thanks to a crushing uppercut and right hook that sent Stiverne to sleep. It was a brutal finish with just three seconds left in the first round, and after two successive knockdowns.
Joshua wants Wilder’s WBC crown and there is talk of a summer 2018 showdown. And the undefeated American king talked directly to the IBF and WBA (Super) champion after the fight. ‘I know I am the best. Are you up for the test?,’ asked Wilder of Joshua.
‘I’ve been waiting on that fight for a long time now. ‘I declare war upon you. Do you accept my challenge?’ Eddie Hearn wants Wilder to fight Dillian Whyte before facing Joshua, but the 32-year-old wants the crack at Britain’s best.
‘They are trying to give me a peasant in Whyte,’ he said. ‘A king doesn’t chase the peasants. ‘A king takes kings. I want Joshua. If he doesn’t give me the fight we have other plans.
Tweeting after Wilder’s emphatic win, Whyte said: ‘Well done @BronzeBomber but let’s do this work feb 3 at the o2 I ain’t never scared fact will fight anyone anytime #AINTNEVERSCARED’.
According to Hearn, Anthony Joshua said, ‘I’ll eat him’, referring to Wilder. The American weighed in 35 pounds lighter than the Londoner both their respective recent clashes.