Deontay Wilder believes he can knockout Anthony Joshua and harm state of British boxing

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Deontay Wilder is confident he can both knock out Anthony Joshua and halt the recent progress of British boxing as the pair are rumoured to fight later this year.

The 32-year-old Wilder, who is nicknamed 'the bronze bomber', holds an impressive record of 39 wins, 38 by knockout, compared to Joshua's 20 wins and 20 knockouts.

Wilder also thinks that more money is to be earned if the potential 2018 bout is held in America, as opposed to the UK.

In a 90/10 split, Joshua collected a purse expected to be £10 million, with his 2017 opponent Carlos Takam taking £750,000 from their November Cardiff fight.

Wilder interestingly earned £1.1 million in his November win against Bermane Stiverne, and turned down Eddie Hearn's claims he tried to persuade British heavyweight Dillian Whyte into the ring in the same month.

Wilder reportedly overlooked a deal that would have been worth around £3 million - what would have been his biggest purse to date - but he has refuted those claims.

Wilder is set to face Luis Ortiz (28 wins, 24 K.O's) as the Cuban wants to contest the American's WBC belt again, whilst IBF and WBA holder Joshua will face New Zealander Joseph Parker (24 wins, 18 K.O's) in a historic unification battle at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on March 31.

“He’s talking about the percentages in England and stuff like that." Wilder told the Daily Mail.

"Bro, 70,000 people may look good in a small country, but you are not getting the money like you are over here just compared to 20,000.

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“You make your money here in America. The mega boxing is here in America, it always will be no matter what they are doing over there."

Wilder thinks that a win against Joshua in his home country would silence the recently noisy British boxing scene which has prospered over the past few years alongside the 28-year-old's rise to prominence.

"Once I knock him (Joshua) out, all of that over there is going to go down and it will be no more,” Wilder added.

“So choose your battles wisely, choose your places wisely. Where ever he feels like it is going to be comfortable for him, if he has the courage to beat me then so be it, I’ll be there, I’ll be waiting.”

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