Deontay Wilder’s supervisor provides uncommon touch upon Anthony Joshua battle

Deontay Wilder’s supervisor, Shelly Finkel, has stated he’s ‘optimistic’ {that a} battle between the “Bronze Bomber” and Anthony Joshua will happen early subsequent 12 months.

Joshua knocked out Robert Helenius within the seventh spherical on Saturday (12 August), 10 months after Wilder stopped the Finn in Round 1, and a conflict between the previous heavyweight champions has by no means appeared nearer.

Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has spoken positively about negotiations for months, whereas Finkel has commented on the scenario much less often.

However, Finkel informed Sky Sports on Tuesday (15 August): “I am optimistic that a deal can be made for Deontay to fight Joshua in early 2024.”

The battle has been one of many most-anticipated in boxing since 2018, although Briton Joshua and his American counterpart have skilled combined fortunes since.

Joshua suffered his first skilled loss in 2019 when he was stopped by Andy Ruiz Jr, and he has misplaced twice to Oleksandr Usyk since then. “AJ”, 33, has additionally outpointed Ruiz and Jermaine Franklin and knocked out Kubrat Pulev and Helenius in that point, although.

Meanwhile, Wilder fought Tyson Fury to a controversial attract late 2018 earlier than struggling two knockout losses to the Briton. The 37-year-old has, nevertheless, knocked out Dominic Breazeale, Luis Ortiz and Helenius within the final 4 years.

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