Joshua Wants Wilder Fight In UK
Anthony Joshua will demand that his unification showdown with Deontay Wilder is held in the UK.
The two world heavyweight champions are locked in negotiations with a view to unifying their four belts later this year.
London and Las Vegas are the leading contenders to host the mega-fight, but Joshua is determined to secure home advantage.
During a Q&A with Capital FM’s Polly James in Cardiff, he said: “This is the situation I’m thinking.
“So with this Las Vegas talk, I owe it to everyone in Great Britain that has been supporting me to do my best to get this fight in the UK, in my opinion, that’s number one.
“He [Wilder] has kind of said, ‘alright, cool, come fight me in America’. But the thing is with that, I owe it to the fans and everyone supporting me to do it here.
“And number two, if I go there, there’s a lot of tricks that they play in terms of referees and judges and that’s why I want to be at home where I’m secure.
“Luckily, we’ve got enough time to make the fight happen and we’re working on it. We’ve just sent another draft email over to them. It’s just the technical jargon that we’re going through right now.”
Joshua holds the WBO, WBA and IBF belts after his victory over Joseph Parker in March while Wilder holds the remaining WBC strap.
And the Brit added: “I ain’t got nothing to lose and I’m [going to] rain down hell on him – I’m going to f*** him up bad. You’ve seen it, I can go to hell and back. I enjoy it there as well, this time I’m going to own it.
“We’re big hitters, so for sure I’m going to be throwing a lot of combination punches and it’ll be interesting. I think he’ll be trying to pick punches. I’ll just be coming forward and swinging a lot of combinations, just trying to catch him and hurt him early on.”