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Anthony Joshua sets the record straight

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WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT champion Anthony Joshua has hit back at claims that he does not want to fight American rival Deontay Wilder. The match between the pair has been a long time coming and fight fans are frustrated.

Now, in an interview with ESPN, Joshua has set the record straight on a number of issues...

On Wilder’s claims that Joshua doesn’t want the fight
"He [Wilder] is saying I won't fight him but, as I've said, I'm willing to fight Deontay Wilder on April 13 in London, so I don't know what more I have to do to get that message across."

On fighting either Wilder or fellow Briton Tyson Fury next
"I can't control what Deontay Wilder does, I can't control what Tyson Fury does or even as far as what they say. What I can do is control what I say and what I'm doing.

"I made sure with the negotiations, I booked the date in advance, set the venue in advance and I'm making my point clear in front of everyone watching: I'm willing to fight any one of these guys, especially the champion Deontay Wilder. On April 13 at Wembley [Stadium]. What more can I say?"

On claims that Joshua has to beat lineal champion Fury to be the true undisputed heavyweight champion of the world
"When I was joining the heavyweight ranks, nobody told me about [being] lineal champion. I knew about the WBC, IBO, IBF, WBA and WBO [belts] and I've got my hands on four of them. So where has lineal popped up out of the woodwork from?

"But if I've got to get my hands on that too and that's the belt the world's interested in, Fury can step in if he's serious. That's where I'm coming from, I want to fight the champions. I'm the one leading the pack, I've been doing that since I made my debut.”

Interview courtesy of ESPN and link to the original article. Watch and read the interview here: http://www.espn.co.uk/boxing/story/_/id/25526982/anthony-joshua-calls-de...

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