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By Neel Khagram

Joshua vs Takam: Deontay Wilder hopeful that Anthony Joshua fight can be made

By Neel Khagram

Deontay Wilder says he is ready to ‘’mess-up” Anthony Joshua’s career in the near future.

The ‘Bronze Bomber’ defends his WBC title against Bermane Stiverne in New York on November 4, live on Sky Sports, and has stated that financial obstacles will not hinder a fight against ‘AJ’ being agreed, citing the importance of the bout “for the fans.”

Joshua will first have to overcome Carlos Takam at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, this weekend, live on Sky Sports Box Office, before focussing on a potential unification bout next year.

However, Wilder questions whether the 28-year-old will accept the challenge and fight him.

“I’m a very dangerous fighter,” Wilder told BoxingScene.com.

“And they know that if he comes at me, a very dangerous fighter, I can mess up their whole operation. I can bring it all to the ground and that’s why they’re stalling.

“It’s not about money. It’s not about that. It’s easy for people to say, ‘Oh, he’s just trying to’ – no, I’m trying to prove that I’m the best. With that being said, I want the best. But the best don’t wanna take the risk with me because I’m a very dangerous fighter.”

Fellow Brit, Dillian Whyte has expressed his desire to fight Wilder, and would move a step closer to a mandated shot against the America if he beats Robert Helenius on the Joshua-Takam undercard in the Welsh capital.

But Wilder feels that talks of fighting the ‘Body Snatcher’ is simply delaying an inevitable contest against Joshua.

“That’s why they’re stalling with all this, ‘Fight Dillian Whyte’ and all that,” Wilder said.

“That’s not gonna do nothing, because once we get in the ring, it’s over and they know it.

“Hopefully it happens. And if don’t, it just don’t. It’ll be a shame for the fans. I’m not the one that’s sitting around.

“We need each other, but we don’t need each other. If the fight never happens, I’m good. I just don’t want people to say I never called him out or never tried [to make the fight]. It’ll be more on him than me.”

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