DEONTAY WILDER has been urged by his manager to return against Anthony Joshua, who ‘will get into trouble if he signs the contract’.
Wilder, 37, beat Robert Helenius, 38, in the first round of his comeback fight in October, which followed after a year off.
But a month earlier, AJ was beaten on points for the second time by Oleksandr Usyk (35).
Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott expects back-to-back losses to ex-cruiserweight Usyk to have a big impact on Joshua’s confidence.
And he warned that getting in the ring against the Bronze Bomber would end painfully quickly.
Scott told Kate Abdo: “I understand that. The lack of mental toughness may not be there because he lost to a smaller man.
“To take on a specimen like Deontay Wilder, you might need to build up to take on that type of fighter. I understand.
“The benefits and the things I see like Deontay doing everything that AJ comes up with, mentally tough, not mentally tough; In my opinion it’s a three-round fight.
“He can’t dodge. Deontay is not a big guy. That’s a big guy hitting slow. It’s coming fast and you can’t get out.
“If you can’t avoid it, you’re in trouble. And I think AJ will be in trouble if he signs the contract.”
Joshua, 33, is expected to return in a confidence-boosting comeback fight in the spring.
But Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel has kept the door open for talks with AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn after a year of failed negotiations.
And Scott is ready to greenlight his fighter to go straight back into a superfight with Joshua.
He said: “I’m very interested in that. At this stage in his career, I would.
“Firstly, the fight should have happened, and secondly, he lost twice to Oleksandr Usyk.
“Thirdly, I also believe that Anthony Joshua is a great boxer. These guys don’t get old. Let’s fight these great battles.
“I would hate if that much time goes by and we end up in another Riddick Bowe – Lennox Lewis situation.
“These greats didn’t have a chance to fight each other. This type of fight is not only good for boxing.
“They’re good for the world, for the culture, and for the young kids who want to see this kind of fight.
“Well, I just think it should happen, but we can want it what we want. AJ has to want the fight, his team has to want it, and Eddie has to want good business.
“He and Shelly need to connect to make this happen. Otherwise, Deontay will do bigger and better things, whatever that might be.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6956187/deontay-wilder-coach-fight-anthony-joshua-contract/ Deontay Wilder’s manager wants the ex-champ to face Anthony Joshua NEXT and says Brit “is in trouble if he signs the contract”.