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Wilder vs Stiverne II: Should Deontay Wilder face Dillian Whyte or Anthony Joshua next?

Wilder vs Stiverne II: Should Deontay Wilder face Dillian Whyte or Anthony Joshua next?

If victorious in his rematch with Bermane Stiverne, who would our Panel rather Deontay Wilder face next out of Dillian Whyte and Anthony Joshua…

Carl Froch

Joshua. I just think that Joshua beats him. I think it’s a great fight, a tough fight, but one that Joshua can win. For selfish reasons, as a boxing fan, I would prefer to see Joshua in with Deontay Wilder rather than Dillian Whyte.

I think Whyte needs a couple more fights. I’m not saying he’s not good enough and he won’t be good enough, but he laboured to a 12-round win at the weekend. He looked okay, I scored him winning most of the rounds, but I don’t think he’s ready for Wilder yet.

Ahead of his WBC title defence against Bermane Stiverne this weekend, Deontay Wilder claims Britain's Anthony Joshua is avoiding him David Coldwell

I would like AJ to fight Parker first and get the WBO title, then fight Wilder for everything, it’s a huge fight. Let Whyte have a crack at Wilder and see what he can do at top level. Whyte will fight anybody and go in the ring with the mentality that he will win and you have to respect him for that.

I don’t think Dillian beats the American but he is an underdog. Wilder is apparently looking sensational in the gym and that’s the big fight for Joshua. Let’s see Whyte against Wilder and then the winner takes on AJ.

Johnny Nelson

I think business-wise I would say Dillian Whyte first, then Anthony Joshua, so the British public can get more familiar with who Deontay Wilder is. Obviously if he got through that, then that makes for a big fight with Joshua.

I’m talking with a business head and I personally want to see Wilder-Whyte, because No 1 – it positions Dillian in the heavyweight division and No 2 – it builds up for a good fight if Wilder got through him. AJ wins both ways, because Whyte can build that fight too, if he wins.

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I can’t wait for Joshua to take on Wilder, but first I would love AJ to take on Parker and get the WBO belt. Then all the belts would be on the line against Wilder, it would be an absolutely massive unification fight at the highest possible level.

I know Whyte would jump at the chance to fight Wilder, so it’d be great to see him get an opportunity next. He’s done well since that Joshua loss and has worked hard to get in this position. Why not have Wilder-Whyte and Joshua-Parker with the winners facing off?

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I personally would love to see him fight Anthony Joshua, just because I’m a massive Joshua fan and he wants those big fights, he wants to unify. I know it’s a fight that Joshua would relish as well.

I would also want it over here with home advantage, without a doubt. That’s potentially the most dangerous fight out there for AJ. Home advantage would be crucial. We’ve seen how the fans are for Joshua and how they turn out over here, we saw it again in Cardiff. That sort of advantage will pull him through.

Jamie Moore

For me, there is no doubt that the better fight is against Joshua, you’ve got two world title holders both jostling to be the heavyweight number one. It’s a fight that definitely fills Wembley Stadium.

If the ‘AJ’ fight isn’t available then I would love to see Dillian Whyte get a crack because he is a Brit and it would be interesting to see how he would fair. But out of the two, Anthony Joshua.

Adam Smith is joined by Eddie Hearn to look back at Anthony Joshua's win against Carlos Takam and preview this week's action in Monte Carlo and Deontay Wilder's fight with Bermane Stiverne

Watch Deontay Wilder defend his WBC world heavyweight title against Bermane Stiverne, live on Sky Sports, in the early hours of Sunday morning at 1am. Before that, Dmitry Bivol, Jamie McDonnell, Dereck Chisora and Scott Quigg box in Monte Carlo, live on Sky Sports from 7pm this Saturday.


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