Heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua has ordered WBC king Deontay Wilder to accept his offer an April bout


ANTHONY JOSHUA has ordered Deontay Wilder to accept his offer of an April 13 fight to decide an undisputed heavyweight king IF he really believes he is the best.

The WBO, IBF and WBA champ has offered the American a career-high of £11.5million to put his WBC belt on the line at Wembley.

Anthony Joshua is desperate for a showdown against unbeaten American Deontay Wilder
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Wilder, 32, has racked up 40 wins with 39 knockout victories since turning professional

But the 32-year-old is instead close to announcing a shock December bout with former unified champ Tyson Fury.

Wilder is demanding a 50-50 split with 29-year-old AJ but the Watford superstar insists the Alabama giant needs to swallow his pride and take the offer, like he did when he was crowned IBF king in 2016 after paying Charles Martin to visit the O2.

Joshua said: “I can’t be disappointed yet because it is still on the table. If the fight is written off then I would be upset but it is still on the table.

“He will make a deal because, finance aside, if you believe you are better than me – and you have a chance to prove it to the world in a global event – then why wouldn’t you fight me?

Wilder looks poised to take on Tyson Fury in his next outing in December
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Joshua is currently preparing to face Russia’s KO specialist Alexander Povetkin at Wembley
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“And that’s to all of them, including Fury.

“I have taken less in fights because I have backed myself. I took a massive pay cut to face Charles Martin – you have to play the game a bit.

“If you beat me and beat me in a rematch then you are set to be the king of the heavyweight division. But, if you believe it, then you have to sign a contract and get it done.”

Wilder has an unblemished record of 40-0 but Joshua believes that lengthy career could count against he 6ft 7in knockout artist.

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