Boxing: Deontay Wilder team look ahead to AJ


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Deontay Wilder’s team are keen to resume negotiations for a showdown with Anthony Joshua soon after the unbeaten American faces Tyson Fury.

Joshua is set to return to action on April 13 at Wembley and is widely expected to face the winner of the December 1 showdown between Wilder and Fury.

Wilder will put his WBC heavyweight title on the line when he takes on former WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF champion Fury at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The ‘Bronze Bomber’ has 39 knockout wins in 40 fights so far and has vowed to make the Briton his 40th stoppage victim.

Wilder’s team have now confirmed they are open to resuming discussions with Joshua’s camp after the clash with Fury after talks stalled previously.

“After the fight, of course,” Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel told Sky Sports. “There’s nothing to talk about before that.

“After December 1, I would be glad to talk to him, or [his father] Barry [Hearn], or both.”

Wilder is rated as the 1.61 favourite ahead of his meeting with Fury, who also boasts an unbeaten record with 27 wins and 19 KOs.

Fury is 2.30 or 3.30 to win on points. Wilder is 2.30 to win by KO/TKO/DQ/TD and 41.00 to secure a first round stoppage victory.

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