Deontay Wilder explains why he thinks Anthony Joshua is delaying potential fight

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It's the world title fight everyone is desperate to see in 2018.

Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua are certainly talking a good game but boxing fans can't wait until a date is actually set for their potential unification clash.

Over the last month, both men have enjoyed successful title defences and are now regularly engaging in a verbal war.

Of course, AJ being the WBA, IBF and IBO title holder means Wilder isn't the only man angling for a chance to end Joshua's unbeaten professional record.

Joseph Parker and Tyson Fury have both called out AJ too in recent weeks and the ball appears to be in AJ's court over who his next fight is against.

That isn't going to put Wilder off, though, and the American has told the Press Enterprise that he has no intention of taking a quieter approach to land AJ.

"I want to keep talking, I want to keep sounding like I’m arrogant, or cocky, or whatever,” Wilder said, as per Boxing Scene.

“I want them to have enough pressure to say, ‘Yo, make this fight happen and shut this American boy up.'

Deontay Wilder v Bermane Stiverne

“I want this fight. I want to prove that I am the best, that I know I am. I can say it, I can say I’m the most feared, I can say I hit the hardest. I can say all these different things over and over again, but right now it’s just words without proving it.

“And people say that Joshua is the best, then I want to prove that I am the best, so let the best fight each other. That’s what I want to give to the fans, so I want it ASAP.”

Although Eddie Hearn and Joshua aren't necessarily in a rush to pencil in the heavyweight's early 2018 plans, Wilder believes he is being dodged for a reason.

The American demolished his last opponent Bermane Stiverne within one round while Joshua seemed to find the stubborn Carlos Takam a far more frustrating challenger and needed 10 rounds to end the fight.

Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam -  World Heavyweight Title Fight

And Wilder claims AJ wants to fight someone else first 'to redeem himself'.

He added: “I don’t think they’re going to make that fight happen as soon as possible due to the fact that my performance that I had and what Joshua had is like day and night, so they feel like they have to redeem themselves.

"They’re making so much easy money fighting no-name guys, why risk?

"They want to keep the gravy train going.”

Over to you Anthony Joshua...

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