Turki Alalshikh Still Wants AJ Vs. Wilder
That is according to Turki Alalshikh. A two-fight deal had been signed, subject to both boxers coming out victorious in their respective fights. Joshua faced Otto Wallin and lived up to expectations by beating the Swede via a stoppage. Wilder failed to do the same when he took on Joseph Parker. He looked the shell of the man, who is considered one of the most destructive boxers in the game.
That has left serious question marks over Wilder’s future, with suggestions that he could retire from the sport. Joshua faced Francis Ngannou, as the Bronze Bomber must rebuild himself before being considered for those major fights. But rather than call time on his career, Turki Alalshikh wants to see Wilder return, subject to the condition that he is the fighter that made him such an exciting attraction.
Turki Alalshikh On AJ-Wilder
“We don’t want to waste time. Tyson Fury is 35 now, Anthony Joshua is 34, Oleksandr Usyk is 37, Deontay Wilder is 38, Artur Beterbiev is 39 next week. We are losing time. The people need to see Fury versus Joshua, Joshua versus Wilder – I mean, I hope Wilder comes back. The fight between Joshua and Wilder [was signed]. But you see the result [Parker beating Wilder] and the body of condition of Wilder now, so it would not be reasonable to have that fight now. We want him to come back,” Turki Alalshikh said
In order for that to happen, Wilder must come through with some impressive wins. He had been linked with the Zhilei Zhang fight, only for the Chinese to face Joseph Parker on the Joshua-Ngannou undercard. A fight against Joe Joyce has been ruled out as the Brit faces Kash Ali in March. That has left Wilder short of options of where he goes next.
He could face Daniel Dubois following his win over Jarrell Miller. But that is still a far cry from getting a step closer to a world title and a Joshua bout. Before the Parker fight, Wilder had the chance to face Andy Ruiz Jr. in a WBC title eliminator. The winner would have been in a position to face either Tyson Fury or Oleksandr Usyk, who face off for the undisputed heavyweight championship on February 17, 2024.
Wilder’s camp made a 70-30 offer, but Ruiz’s sides wanted an equal split. The failure to compromise on either side meant the WBC scrapped the eliminator as Wilder missed out on the chance. But based on his post-fight comments after the Parker loss, the American still aims to bounce back.
“We came up short tonight. I don’t know what happened to be honest. My timing was off and I didn’t let my hands go like I was supposed to. Sometimes it gets like that but you live to see another fight. You live to see another moment, that’s all that matters.
“I’m still full of happiness, I’m still full of joy and still full of smiles. Sorry if I let anyone down. But we’ll be back though, that’s the good thing about it. I thank you so much for the love and support that I got in Riyadh and all my fans around the world. I thank you, I appreciate you so much. This is not the end, we’ll be back,” Wilder stated
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