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Anthony Joshua responds to Deontay Wilder's claim he's ready to 'kill' in the ring

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Anthony Joshua managed to get past Joseph Parker in a title unification fight on Saturday night, but it didn't take long for attention to turn to Deontay Wilder.

Parker became the first man ever to take Joshua the distance in his professional career, but AJ recorded a comfortable victory behind his long jab.

Now, a big money fight between WBA (super), IBO, IBF and WBO champion Joshua and WBC champion Deontay Wilder seems inevitable.

However, the Bronze Bomber made the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week.

Speaking ahead of Joshua's clash with Parker, Wilder insisted that he wants to kill somebody in the ring in the future. Yes, you read that right.

“I want a body on my record, I want one,” Wilder coolly explained on American radio.

“That’s the Bronze Bomber, he want [a body],” Wilder said. “I always tell people, when I’m in the ring, like I am the Bronze Bomber. With him, it’s so crazy, when I’m in the Bronze Bomber, I don’t really care. Everything about me changes. I don’t get nervous, I don’t get scared, I don’t get butterflies, I don’t have no feeling towards the man I’m fit to fight.

“I come here for one thing — to knock you out and go back home. “The power that I have, it’s easy to be able to do,” Wilder said. “I thought I had one one time with [Artur] Szpilka because he wasn’t breathing when he hit the canvas. Somebody is going to go.”

Naturally, the boxing world was outraged and Tony Bellew was the first to lay into the WBC champ.

"If this is true? He’s a disgrace! A lot of fighters have a family there providing for so does this mean he wants to kill the father of a child? Senseless idiot! I didn’t have him down as this tbh.. When I met him last found him to be quite bright! Sad if it’s true."

Joshua was asked how his mum follows his career in his post-fight press conference and the Watford-born scrapper couldn't help but make reference to Wilder's ridiculous claim.

"I'm sure she'll be happy that I'm alright - I'm not dead," Joshua said before erupting in laughter. "You can die in the ring, innit? That's what Wilder says anyway!"

The anticipation to Wilder v Joshua starts now!

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Topics:
Manny Pacquiao
Boxing
Tony Bellew
Deontay Wilder
Floyd Mayweather
David Haye

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