Wilder: Now bring on the Brits

Deontay Wilder defended his world title by stopping Chris Arreola and immediately called for unification bouts with Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.

The WBC world heavyweight king also asserted that he had carried a broken hand and pulled muscle in the clash with Arreola, who was knocked down before being retired by his corner ahead of the ninth round.

Despite the injury, Wilder (37-0-KO36) was quick to reiterate his desire to take on WBA Super and WBO champion Fury as well as IBF holder Joshua in potentially lucrative showdowns.

When interviewed in the ring in front of his adoring home support in Birmingham, Alabama, Wilder said: “I wanted to give you guys a knockout but I broke my hand and tore my muscle in my right hand. Chris is a tough man so I had to fight like a champion does and display my great jab all night.

“I floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee with my left all night. I’m sorry.

“My goal is to unify the division. I’m one of the baddest, hardest-hitting heavyweights in the business and I’m right here from Alabama, baby. I came a long way and whoever has those belts, that’s who I want.

“As you can see, it doesn’t matter if I’ve got a broken hand and pulled muscle, I’m still going to fight because that’s what champions do. I don’t play boxing.

“Of course I want Tyson Fury and of course I want Anthony Joshua. The question is do they want me?”

Fury is currently due to face former divisional king Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch, while Joshua is yet to name his next opponent in the wake of June’s clinical stoppage of Dominic Breazeale.

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