Johnny Nelson has reacted to Deontay Wilder not attending Joshua v Parker

Eighty-thousand fans will be packed into the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday night to watch Anthony Joshua’s fight against Joseph Parker, and many millions will watch on televisions around the world.

But one man who may not be tuning in is Deontay Wilder.

The Bronze Bomber has baulked on his arrangement to be a part of Sky Sports’ commentary team for the contest, telling Boxing Scene that Joshua’s refusal to allow him into the ring has put him off.

“My whole decision of not going to the fight was definitely a team decision, my decision at the end of the day,” Wilder said.

“But it was a turnoff when Joshua and his people said that I wouldn’t be allowed in the ring, that he would have extra security and a restraining order and all that stuff. He’s on record saying that. It’s a turnoff to me.”

Regardless of his feelings towards Joshua, Wilder appears to be missing out on some valuable publicity.

The WBC heavyweight champion has been heavily criticised by Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn over his decision to stay at home and now Sky Sports’ pundit Johnny Nelson has weighed in on the matter with an honest message for Wilder.

Nelson has delivered a message to Wilder

“If you’re watching this, he needs to get his a**e over here,” Nelson told iFL TV. “Forget what foolishness is being whispered in his ear for not to come over here, because they’re trying to keep it apart, they don’t want to build this up.

“This thing will get legs on its own. Ali did it. Foreman did it. Fighters did it back in the day. They got there ringside, even if they didn’t get in the ring they made noise.

“And when the press was there, there’s no way they’re going to try to mute you, try to cover you, try to get you out of the way.

“Wilder is one of the most exciting heavyweights in the world. World heavyweight champion in America, and a guy like Anthony Joshua comes from the UK and earns four times more than him, fills arenas, 90,000, 80,000 people.

“That means somebody in your side is doing something wrong, or is not doing their job correctly. To me that is bulls**t.

“Wilder needs to get his a**e on a plane with his boys.”

Whether Wilder had the final say or his team made the decision for him, it seems they’ve made the wrong call.

Sky Sports Box Office will exclusive show the Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker unification fight on 31 March.

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