Wilder Turns Down $100m Joshua Fight

World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is reportedly set to reject a 100 million-plus deal from US broadcaster DAZN.com.

The news comes as a blow to fans hoping for an undisputed title bout between the American and the Briton, Anthony Joshua (AJ).

Joshua holds three of the four crowns in heavyweight boxing – International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organisation (WBO).

Talksport reports that an agreement by Wilder would have ensured that the fight between the two giants of heavyweight boxing took place in 2019.

Last week, fans were given what turned out to be false hope as it emerged that Wilder would be meeting with the streaming service – who also broadcast AJ in America.

It was reported that the WBC heavyweight champion was offered upwards of 100 million Dollars for three fights against Dominic Breazeale, Joshua and then AJ again in a rematch.

However, it is now understood his team will reject the offer and, when asked about this, the American explained why.

“So many people try to dictate my career and tell me, ‘I should do this, I should do that, I shouldn’t do this, I shouldn’t do that’,” Wilder said.

 “I love being a free agent, I love being able to move about doing what I do and we’ll see what the future holds,” he added.

Wilder is set to announce his next fight – which will be against Breazeale regardless – Tuesday.

Speculation suggests it will be broadcast on Showtime pay-per-view in the US, as was his previous bout against Tyson Fury.

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Anthony Joshua Defeats Joseph Parker To Clinch WBO Title

Joseph Parker has fallen short in his bid to become the unified world champion, falling to Anthony Joshua by unanimous decision in their heavyweight bout in Cardiff.

The victory makes Joshua the undisputed heavyweight world champion, adding Parker’s WBO belt to the IBO, WBA, and IBF belts he already owns, and sets up a highly-anticipated showdown with WBC champ, Deontay Wilder.

As the bout went into its final stretch Joshua never wavered from his game plan, clinically racking up points and rounds while maintaining his pace.

Parker, on his side, never waned. He kept his output high and showed no sign of an empty gas tank, but when the final bell rang there was only ever one winner – Anthony Joshua.

 

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Anthony Joshua Reveals Interest To Join Politics After Retirement

28-year-old British-born Nigerian, Anthony Joshua, has revealed interest to join politics after hanging his gloves up.

In an interview with Channel 4 news, Joshua explained that he sacrificed education to follow a sporting career but believes his background and experiences can allow him to make a positive contribution.

“I have an interest and I have learnt a lot through boxing in terms of like world matters and what matters to me and what matters to the minority because that’s where I come from.

“I do have a voice but remember I sacrificed education to follow a sporting career.

“So what I say isn’t always going to be facts and my point of view isn’t always going to be from an educational stand point but it will be from a reality – a realistic stand point.

“Because I didn’t go to school I didn’t educate myself, I haven’t been in a classroom, and I’ve been out on the streets with people every day since I was young.”

He added: “So I do have an interest but I’m not saying I can run the country but I do think that I could have a say.

“I could have an input and I do think young kids coming up in this country should have a more of a say of what’s going on.

“I think that the county’s moving at such a rapid pace that some people that are older have been in power do need young creative minds to kind of influence what is happening in the world and world matters – I do believe that.”

 

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Speaker Dogara Congratulates Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua, Says Nigeria Must Harness And Promote Talent

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua on clinching the unified world heavyweight champion title.
This was made known via a statement released by his Special Adviser on media and publicity, Turaki Hassan, in Abuja on Monday.
“I would like to congratulate the World Heavyweight champion, Anthony Olaseni Joshua, for this great feat that he has achieved. His dedication, discipline and commitment to boxing has paid off, as his is now a household name.”
“The young man’s affinity for Nigeria is also apparent and commendable, as he has acknowledged his Nigerian roots in interviews and fully embraced the Nigerian identity.”
The Speaker then called on sports development authorities in the country to seize this challenge as impetus  to identify and develop home grown talent so that Nigerian athletes may compete on a global scale.
“Anthony Joshua’s success should be taken as an indication of what’s possible if we devote the required resources to training our athletes and offering all the support that they need. Many athletes of Nigerian origin represent and win medals for other countries because the environment which we offer is not very conducive, and now is the time to change that.”
“Tales of our athletes being owed what’s due to them and the gruelling circumstances in which they have to prepare for tournaments discourage many from engaging in sports, and in cases where they do, we lose such talents to other countries, which are serious about capacity development, in no time at all.”
“This calls for deep introspection on our part, as there are career opportunities for our teeming youth population outside academic institutions and white collar jobs that corporate entities have to offer.”
“Young Nigerians have excelled in entertainment, for instance, and gone on to build enviable careers in the creative industry. This, they have managed to achieve without deliberate effort on the part of government and one can only imagine the heights which our youths would attain if we took deliberate steps towards genuinely supporting them in their chosen fields.”
“I would like to, once more, congratulate Mr. Joshua, while calling on the Executive, through the relevant agencies, to implement policies which would help greatly with developing home grown talent.”
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