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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

Wilder to fight Fury in 2019 and Joshua in 2020, claims manager

Shelly Finkel believes the Fury rematch is easier to make, but a Joshua-Wilder fight ‘will happen’.
Apr 30th 2019, 8:34 PM 6,556 5

DEONTAY WILDER WILL fight Tyson Fury this year and Anthony Joshua in 2020, according to manager Shelly Finkel.

Wilder will defend his WBC title against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale next month, with Joshua then set to make his American debut at Madison Square Garden on 1 June, likely against Andy Ruiz, a replacement for Jarrell Miller who failed three drug tests in the lead-up.

The unification bout against WBA, IBF and WBO champion Joshua appears no closer to coming to fruition.

However, Wilder recently insisted it was inevitable and Finkel anticipates it will finally happen next year.

“He’s fighting his mandatory now, then we have a pretty full slate for this year, then we will discuss fighting Joshua next year,” Finkel told Thaboxingvoice.

“The name-calling, the immaturities that are in the press, they won’t help but won’t hinder making the fight.

“They are all in the works. There is nothing confirmed at this point, the only thing that is locked in is the fight with Breazeale on 18 May.

“If everything goes the way we hope it will, we will then discuss his next fight.

I have spoken with John Skipper [Executive chairman of DAZN, Joshua's American broadcast partner] more than once. Him and I are developing a very good relationship, I’m very fond of him. Those talks will continue, and eventually it will lead to a fight of Deontay and Joshua.

“I think that on his [Wilder's] resume, the same as one Joshua’s, it’s a fight that should and will happen, and it’s a fight that will be remembered because there was such a build up… Very difficult to make.

“But the fight will happen and the fans will get to see it.”

Wilder and Fury fought to a thrilling draw in December, and Finkel is hopeful a rematch can happen this year despite the Gypsy King having signed with ESPN and the American being contracted to Showtime.

“He’s someone we continue to speak with as well,” Finkel added.

“The difference is, in the negotiations with Fury, we’re dealing directly and it’s not in the press, there’s no name calling, there’s no gamesmanship.

That fight will also happen when it’s ready, which will be in 2019 I believe. If that fight is to happen, it would be a joint promotion.

- Omni

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