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Deontay Wilder makes controversial claim about the Joshua-Takam stoppage

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It seems every heavyweight boxer wants a piece of Anthony Joshua after he left mandatory IBF challenger Carlos Takam blooded and bruised last week.

The late replacement for Kubrat Pulev showed almighty resilience and an iron chin as Joshua outboxed him under the lights in Cardiff with blood pouring from his brow after the fourth round.

Despite Takam's resilience and a minor knockdown, the fight was eventually stopped in the tenth round with Phil Edwards waiving the bout and giving AJ a technical knockout victory.

What most considered a walk-over fight for the Brit was far from it but the removal of Takam opens up the heavyweight division for a series of unification matches in 2018.

While Joseph Parker's WBO belt is also a matter of interest and Tyson Fury is whipping himself back into fitness, everybody wants to see WBC holder Deontay Wilder step in the ring with AJ.

The American boats a remarkable record of 38-0 and will exchange blows with the only fighter to avoid a knockout at his hands - Bermane Stiverne - in what looks set to be a routine defence this weekend.

Nevertheless, there are numerous hurdles facing a potential Joshua-Wilder clash.

Eddie Hearn would prefer the 'Bronze Bomber' to face Dillian Whyte before Joshua, Wilder remains stubborn on the fight being held stateside and AJ has even conceded that the fight could happen as late as 2020.

Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam -  World Heavyweight Title Fight

All in all, the situation hasn't exactly made Wilder the biggest Joshua fan going and the 32-year-old has been firing a series of social media rants at the British fighter in recents weeks.

His most recent comments on Joshua's fight with Takam, though, might just have taken things a little too far.

Speaking at the media workout for his Stiverne rematch, Wilder expounded: "With the Takam fight, as you can see the referee was trying to stop that fight from the fourth round on - they give him so many breaks.

"Takam took more dangerous punches in the earlier rounds, than in the tenth round.

"See what they're trying to do, they're trying to keep him squeaky clean.


"They're trying to keep the record clean, keep the knockouts clean and everything clean.

"Don't you see what's going on? It's easy: bulls**t. It's bulls**t.

"Real recognise real and I think that's what the fans know, it's what they've been seeing - this bulls**t."

See Wilder's rant for yourself at 13:10 in the video below:

Well, there's only one way to settle it Deontay and that's in the ring - make it happen.

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