Anthony Joshua has no problem with the recent news that WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will face Luis Ortiz in a rematch.
Wilder (41-0-1) had called for patience as fans demand a mouth-watering bout against WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO holder Joshua after needing just 137 seconds to knock out Dominic Breazeale earlier this month.
In the meantime, Wilder is set for another Ortiz clash following the pair’s 2018 encounter, with the date and location yet to be announced.
Wilder beat Cuban boxer Ortiz (31-1) via a 10th-round knockout at Barclays Center in New York last year.
“To all my fans, I want to announce that Luis Ortiz and I have signed for a rematch, with the date and site to be announced shortly,” Wilder tweeted on Tuesday. “All my controversial fights Must get dealt with ASAP #BombZquad.”
Joshua has issue with waiting for the fight, stating that it’s only going to get worse for Wilder in the end.
“Since 2013 when I turned pro, probably after my third fight, they were asking when I’d fight Wladimir Klitschko. That’s what’s weird. It’s true, there has always been pressure on me and I feel that,” Joshua said.
“Believe me, I’d rather fight Wilder in two years because I know I’ll get better. Imagine two years ago when I was fighting Charles Martin then a few months before that I was fighting Dillian Whyte.
“Compare the type of fighter I was then to where I’ve got to now, in terms of experience. So then imagine in another two years fighting Wilder. I’ll be a lot more sound.”
Wilder promised a highly anticipated fight with Joshua would happen after producing a devastating knockout to retain his WBC belt against Breazeale.
“This fight will happen. The big fight will happen, I promise you that, with patience, come time, and I just want you guys to have patience and give us a little time to make this thing happen so we all benefit from it, not only just you fans. We risk our lives in here so we want to make sure we get the best and the most money that’s possible,” Wilder said.
“We’re risking our lives. The head is not meant to be hit in the first place so let us get our time to iron out all the differences and you guys will know when that happens.”