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Published: Mon, November 06, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Deontay Wilder calls out Anthony Joshua as Joseph Parker waits in wings

Deontay Wilder calls out Anthony Joshua as Joseph Parker waits in wings

The win moves his record to 39-0 with 38 knockouts.

When Stiverne returned to a vertical base for a second time, Wilder ran at him with raw and unbridled ferocity, before unleashing a salvo of punches that caused the Haitian-Canadian fighter to disintegrate to the canvas.

Speaking after the knockout victory, Wilder said: "I had so much frustration, my career has been insane, I just want to prove that I am the best, I know it, I just want to prove it". Do you accept my challenge?. No, I'm 29. Still got a long time in boxing.

"The world wants the Joshua fight, come and see me baby, no more hiding, ducking, dodging, no more excuses, I know I'm the best". I know I'm the best. "Are you up for the test?", asked Joshua.

"A king doesn't chase a peasant, I don't chase peasants, I want Joshua".

Stiverne stepped in to take the fight at late notice after serial cheat Luis "King Kong" Ortiz failed another drugs test.

The demolishing victory marks the unbeaten Alabama knockout-artist's sixth successive defence of the coveted green and gold belt and Wilder now wants a unification showdown with Anthony Joshua. The world want Joshua, the world want Wilder.

Whether the Matchroom boss has a change of heart following Wilder's explosive win remains to be seen but there are many in the sport who would rather see Joshua share the ring with Wilder than with United Kingdom rival Tyson Fury - as proposed now. "Make a date, don't wait", Wilder said.

Joshua is coming off an impressive TKO victory himself, stopping Carlos Takam in the 10th round last weekend in Cardiff, Wales. Wilder even said he would be willing to face Dillian Whyte first, as long as the Joshua fight was guaranteed as part of the contract. Come on, Eddie, let's play.

However, Joshua's trainer Robert McCracken has previously said he would personally like to see Joshua fight Kiwi Joseph Parker the current WBO heavyweight champ before Wilder. Nobody has that kind of power.

He now acts as Deontay Wilder's manager and has been on the front line, behind the scenes with negotiations with Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn to try to make the fight.

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