Anthony Joshua a heavyweight favourite for potential Deontay Wilder showdown

The American was in no mood to mince words after winning last night...

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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder got straight to the point last night after successfully defending his title against Bermane Stiverne in New York.

After claiming the WBC crown on a 12-round decision over Stiverne two years ago, Wilder made an emphatic statement by blasting the Candaian out of it inside a round at the Barclays Center and he then turned his attention immediately to a unification bout with England’s Anthony Joshua.

The American even went as far as saying he’s declaring “war” on the WBA and IBO champion.

“I’ve been waiting on that fight (with Joshua) for a long time now,” Wilder proclaimed last night.

“I know I am the best. Are you up for the test? I declare war upon you. Do you accept my challenge?

A fight between the two heavyweight champions would surely be the biggest US v UK clash in the sport since Floyd Mayweather met Ricky Hatton a decade ago, however if our traders are to be believed it will be more of a storm in a tea cup than the war Wilder is promising.

That’s because they make Joshua as big a favourite as his massive biceps at 1/5, while the America comes in at an outside 16/5.

Given the amount of KOs on both their records, you’d be forgiven for believing that’s the only way they are allowed to win. However, having stopped the great Wladimir Klitschko recently, AJ is 4/9 to send the Bronze Bomber to the canvas.

Wilder on the other hand is a 9/2 to hand Joshua his first defeat by that method. One thing is for sure, the fight would be a knock-out to watch if it does happen.

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