Wilder makes Joshua U-turn and would now ‘love’ undisputed heavyweight title showdown

DEONTAY WILDER, “would love to fight Anthony Joshua”, according to the WBC champions co-manager Shelly Finkel.

But the American slammed Tyson Fury after their attempt to negotiate a rematch failed.

Wilder and Joshua have a history of failed negotiations, which last year led to Wilder, 33, fighting Tyson Fury, 30, and AJ, 29, making a mandatory defence against Alexander Povetkin.

Wilder looked set to fight Fury again, however, the Gypsy King signed an £80million promotional deal with ESPN, who have demanded the Brit instead take an interim fight before the rematch.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Finkel said the Bronze Bomber is ready to again turn his attention to WBA, IBF and WBO holder Joshua – in what would be an undisputed title showdown.

Finkel said: "When the conditions are right, Deontay would love to fight Anthony Joshua.”

Wilder is furious with Fury, telling Sirius XM: “If I don’t get Tyson Fury again, I just say f*** him then. If you don’t want to fight, I go to someone else.

"We knew Fury wasn’t gonna take this fight. You know we got to a certain point in time when they were stalling about signing the contract that was already set a week ago. When he was stalling from signing that, we knew something was wrong.

“Fury had his face in the contract for a week to get a rematch on. That was a 50/50 deal. So you know nothing was wrong with the contract that everything was good.

“We got past the first fight. The second we thought it was gonna be the same as the first, but Fury did not want to fight me."

Wilder claims that Fury took the ESPN deal to “run away” from him.

“Fury signed the ESPN deal to run away from me. You (Fury) can’t go anywhere now. Well, where he gonna go? He’s not a champion. He didn’t win the fight. Fury used all his bulls*** and he gonna find it hard some to get people to understand him.

“Now he’s going back to his old ways to trying to back out of things or whatever. But what he doesn’t realise is that he is not a champion. I’m THE champion in America. And all these guys getting deals is based on the potential of fighting me."

With Fury now out of the picture for Wilder, and Joshua defending his trio of world titles against Jarrell Miller on June 1 in New York, the WBC champion is searching for an interim opponent.

WBC mandatory Dominic Breazeale, who was ordered to face Dillian Whyte in a final eliminator, has emerged as the most likely candidate for the 6ft 7ins American.

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Dominic Breazeale was defeated by Joshua after seven round defending his IBF title in 2016Credit: Reuters

Whyte urged Breazeale to face him, but the American, who was beaten for the IBF belt against Joshua in 2016, cited he cannot turn down another world title shot.

Breazeale said: “Of course I want to fight for the world title, but at the same time, I understand the fans want to see me and Dillian Whyte fight.

"I'm a fan pleaser and I'm ready to fight.

"My preference would be Wilder, of course, definitely. World title shot. It's everything I've been waiting for, for the last 15 months."

Whyte has since said he will sue the WBC if Breazeale fights Wilder and the Brit misses out on a final eliminator shot. 

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