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Deontay Wilder ready to fight Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia

DEONTAY Wilder has challenged Anthony Joshua to a bout in Saudi Arabia before the end of this year.

The American Wilder and Nigerian-Briton Joshua are two of the biggest names in world heavyweight boxing but have never met.

Now Wilder has called out the former World Boxing Organisation, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation champion, hoping to set up a megabout.

The 37-year-old American, who recently traced his ancestry to Edo State, Nigeria, and Joshua had done some verbal sparring in the past and it could be time to make it a reality.

“Deontay has wanted to fight Joshua for a long time and of course is willing to fight him in Saudi Arabia,” Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel told Sky Sports.

Both fighters won their last bouts to bounce back from big defeats.

Power puncher Wilder secured a first-round demolition of Robert Helenius in October, while 33-year-old Joshua beat Jermaine Franklin in a unanimous decision on April 1 in London.

Wilder, who has lost twice to World Boxing Council champion Tyson Fury, has won a terrifying 42 of his 46 fights via knockout, building a reputation as one of the deadliest punchers in the heavyweight division.

His only defeats were the two to Fury, who he also had a draw with.

On his part, Joshua has had 28 professional fights, winning 25 and losing three. He knocked out 22 of his opponents, and two of his losses were to Oleksandr Usyk, who snatched the WBO, WBA and IBF belts from him.

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