Deontay Wilder has slammed Floyd Mayweather Jr's August bout with UFC's Conor McGregor, insisting that it wasn't good for boxing.
Mayweather came out of retirement for a one-off contest against Irishman McGregor, which he won in Las Vegas earlier this year.
While it captured the imagination of fans and pundits around the globe, some launched criticism at the spectacle, denouncing the fight.
And, Wilder is exactly one of those influential figures in the boxing world who was against such an idea of holding an event where two men from two different sports met in a ring, during a match-up worth a staggering, eye-watering amount of money.
The Alabama heavyweight fighter, aged 32, was far from impressed with the whole concept of Mayweather v McGregor's boxing bout, saying that true fans of the sport would feel the same way as well.
Leading up to Saturday's fight against Bermane Stiverne, the American made his views known on a range of topics, including Mayweather and McGregor in an interview with Complex Sports, he even referred to the fight as a "money scam."
When asked whether the spectacle was good for boxing, Wilder said: "Not for boxing. Well, I would say depends on what type of fan you are. You had your hardcore fans, your casuals, the people who don’t know what the f**k they’re talking about.
"For me, I feel like it depends on what type of person you are to the sport. Because I’m a die-hard fan. If it wasn’t for one of my brothers hosting it at his restaurant, I would have never watched it. But, that’s another money scam. I bet they high-fived in the back."
Wilder is likely to have to face a mandatory challenger enforced by the WBC next year.
He has been informed that he will be ordered to fight the winner of Eric Molina vs Dominc Breazeale, a situation which puts a possible unification bout with Britain's Anthony Joshua up in the air.
Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn says that the Watford-fighter is ready to take on Wilder.
On the topic, Wilder said: "When it comes to me and Joshua, that’s the fight people want to see. Anything that has to do with me and him, they want to see the preview.
"I'’m not that type of person. He’s not that type of person. It would be so different if he was in America. Unfortunately, it’s good he’s from where he’s from to keep that buzz. Even when I go over there, they swarm me and I’m not even from there. I’m happy for them with what they’re doing, but listen, I can’t wait."
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