This paste Saturday saw the return of the former WBC Heavyweight World Champion ‘The Bonze Bomber’ Deontay Wilder (43-2-1, 42 KOs). The 36 year-old from Alabama returned in fine fashion with a first round knockout over Robert Helenius (31-4, 20 KOs).
An easy night for Wilder which ended in the dying stages of the first round, Helenius walking onto a short and sharp right hand instantly ending the bout. The perfect return having previously lost his heavyweight crown in back-to-back knockout losses against Tyson Fury.
Talk naturally turns towards ‘Who is next’ for The Bronze Bomber?
“Anthony Joshua? Definitely! You probably have your lists, and he is up in there. I could tell you a lot of names, but you got (Oleksandr) Usyk, (Andy) Ruiz and you got Joshua. Those are the top three guys that people really want to see (me fight), especially Joshua.
“That is the number one fight, everywhere I go its me and Joshua, me and Joshua, me and Joshua!” Deontay Wilder said in pre-fight press conference before his victory over Helenius this past Thursday.
“It’s the number one fight for them (the fans). With that being said, if that’s the number one fight for them to want me to have, then that’s what I want.”
A mega-fight with Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) was clearly at the top of Wilder’s agenda, happy and casual giving reporters his views on the location for a potential showdown with the Brit.
“I want to go to Africa for that one. That’s where I want to go, I want to go to Africa and solely Africa. It will be a good one, we both have roots from there.
“There hasn’t been a fight there in a long time. Nigeria, Ghana or Kenya, it can be in either one of those places. I don’t really have a preference which country it is in, it would be good to take a fight to the continent, the motherland.”
With Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua falling flat on its face these past weeks, only time will tell if Wilder vs Joshua will continue to have the same fate. Boxing fans will hope not!