Frank Smith: Not looking at Deontay Wilder for Anthony Joshua on December 23, still looking at options

Deontay Wilder has recently stated that he is ‘gonna have to go to England and sit down with’ Anthony Joshua ‘on some real man shit.’ 

The recent interview Wilder conducted with Blue Blood Sports TV more than hinted that a bout between the two heavyweights could be closer than ever before. 

ProBox TV caught up with Matchroom CEO, Frank Smith to discuss the much talked about heavyweight matchup.

“We are working on that now.” Smith said in an exclusive interview. “The key for us right now is activity for Anthony. We are still looking at options for December-January time to keep him busy. Obviously he fought in April and August, something he hasn’t done in a long time.”

Joshua (26-3, 23 KOs) defeated American Jermaine Franklin over the 12 round distance this past April. It was the two-time heavyweight champion’s first fight since back to back defeats against Oleksandr Usyk in 2021 and 2022. The Englishman continued on his road to recovery with a seventh round knockout over Robert Helenius.

“He wants to keep that momentum going.” Smith continued. “That is what we are focusing on now. There has been a little delay [in announcing a fight] because Fury-Usyk was obviously looking to go December 23. That was then not happening, I’m not sure what their plans are for December 23, ours are focusing on Anthony Joshua. Lets see, hopefully we have news soon. We have to move quickly though if that is the date, we are just over six weeks away from that. We will have to see. 

“There is work going on, but there is still a question mark. It is not done. If it is going to be that [December 23], we need to move in the day or so, or we will miss the boat. That [Wilder] is not the fight we are looking at for there. But, you will see a very decent opponent, and we are working through that now.”