Anthony Joshua did turn reject the chance to fight Deontay Wilder in 2018 , according to Shelly Finkel .
The American , who co -manages Wilder alongside the legendary Al Haymon , was at the negotiation table with Matchroom Boxing in an attempt to organise a world heavyweight title unification bout.
At the time of talks , Joshua had conclusively beaten Joseph Parker on points to claim the WBO strap , while Wilder had just defended his WBC belt.
However , talks over a potential match – up never materialised and both sides left the negotiating table feeling frustrated .
Joshua went on to knock out mandatory WBA challenger Alexander Povetkin at Wembley , before the ‘ Bronze Bomber’ took on Tyson Fury in a pulsating , yet controversial draw .
Fast forward 11 months and the Brit
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