DEONTAY WILDER could be set to face off with Anthony Joshua after he claimed he could be ringside to watch his heavyweight rival’s fight with Andy Ruiz Jr.
The WBC king successfully defended his belt for the ninth time after he easily dispatched mandatory opponent Dominic Breazeale inside a round on Saturday night.
Wilder vowed to get it on with AJ after his emphatic stoppage – insisting he is desperate to avoid another Lennox Lewis vs Riddick Bowe scenario.
And the 33-year-old teased he could be at Madison Square Garden on June 1, claiming it is his “obligation” to face the WBO, WBA and IBF champ.
He told Sky Sports: “I’ve got a lot of other obligations to fill – not only in the ring but outside too.
“[But] that date is open for me, you might see Deontay Wilder there.”
While he also said: “It will happen. I don’t want this to be a Lennox and Bowe situation.
“It’s our obligation to give the fans what they want.
“The negotiations are going to come round again on that deal we were discussing. I promise it will happen.”
Wilder was ringside commentating at Wembley for AJ‘s enthralling bout against Wladimir Klitschko in 2017.
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While he was also scheduled to be ringside for Joshua’s unification clash against Joseph Parker in Cardiff, but pulled out after he was told he wouldn’t be allowed to enter the ring to square off with the Brit star.
But he could be allowed to face off with the 2012 Olympic gold medallist should AJ beat Ruiz Jr in New York as pressure grows for the duo to battle against each other.
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn recently revealed that a bout with Joshua and Wilder may not happen until 2021, claiming the American could face Luis Ortiz and Adam Kownacki in his next two fights.