The knockout win was a resounding statement for Tuscaloosa, Ala. native Wilder who came into Saturday's bout with a 38-0-0 record including 37 knockouts.
On the back of an awesome knockout of Bermane Stiverne in Brooklyn, Wilder threw out a couple of verbal low blows to his prospective unification opponent.
"I've been waiting on that fight for a long time now", Wilder said. At all. In fact, it happened in the first round.
Maybe Dominic Breazeale. The American is No. 6 in the WBC rankings and fought on the Wilder-Stiverne undercard, registering an eighth round win over fellow Joshua victim Eric Molina. His bold ambition is to hold all four versions of the world heavyweight title and in order to do so he will have to beat Wilder and New Zealand's WBO titleholder Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs).
"I know I am the best".
"King's don't chase peasants".
Joshua, who moved to 20-0 with a win on October 28, and promoter Eddie Hearn have said Wilder, who in Brooklyn knocked out the only man to take him the distance, is in their plans for 2018, along with former champion Tyson Fury and WBO champion Joseph Parker. "One champion, one face, one name, he goes by Deontay Wilder".More news: Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons: Halftime Notes
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"I would also want it over here with home advantage, without a doubt".
Joshua is firmly in Wilder's sights. No, I'm 29. Still got a long time in boxing.
Stiverne stepped in to take the fight at late notice after serial cheat Luis "King Kong" Ortiz failed another drugs test.
"I want Joshua. If he doesn't give me the fight we have other plans".
"Joshua, come and see me, baby".
"Everybody wants to fight Anthony Joshua and you will see him fight everybody". "No more dodging, no more dodging, no more excuses ... make the date, don't wait". Anywhere in the world.
Whether the Matchroom boss has a change of heart following Wilder's explosive win remains to be seen but there are many in the sport who would rather see Joshua share the ring with Wilder than with United Kingdom rival Tyson Fury - as proposed now.