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Deontay Wilder has made a shocking claim ahead of his fight v Bermane Stiverne

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The potential fight between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua seems to be edging closer and closer.

Wilder seems like Joshua's biggest challenger in the heavyweight division at the moment, and he has made it very clear that he is targeting a fight with the Englishman.

The American has called Joshua out a number of times recently, and just last week urged Joshua to travel to the United States to fight him.

But, ahead of Wilder's bout against Bermane Stiverne, the American has made an incredible revelation that he will not fight Joshua if he loses.

In fact, Wilder is so frustrated with the state of heavyweight boxing, that he has threatened to retire from the sport if he succumbs to his opponent on 4 November.

In a dramatic interview with FightHype.com, per the Sun, Wilder said: "You can quote me on this, you can put this on paper, you can put this at the top of the headlines, because the way I’m feeling about boxing right now, if Bermane Stiverne beats me I will retire.

"You can put that down. I will be out of the way. Boxing hasn’t got to worry about me any more [if I lose], because it isn’t really doing me no good anyway. People don’t really want to fight.

"All I wanted to do is prove that I am the best and the best don’t want to fight, so what’s the point of me being in this sport?

"If Bermane beats me - if he beats me, you don’t have to hear about me anymore more. I’m done.

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"That’s how serious it is.

"It doesn’t get more serious than that. So let the games begin."

Wilder is unbeaten in his 38 professional appearances having accumulated 37 knock-outs, so a potential bout with Anthony Joshua is sure to be a mouthwatering one.

Let's hope Wilder comes through his fight with Stiverne so we can witness a unification fight between the two in 2018.

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