Deontay Wilder has continued the biggest boxing debate in decades by saying he believes that Anthony Joshua will not fight him, even if they both win their next fights against Tyson Fury and Alexander Povetkin respectively.
Wilder has labelled Joshua a disgrace, and believes the Brit should be embarrassed of himself.
Wilder is due to meet Fury in November or December, with a date to be announced, whilst AJ will defend his WBA heavyweight title against Povetkin on September 22 at Wembley Stadium.
The 32-year-old American isn’t convinced that a win in both bouts for the two is enough to see them face off next April.
Eddie Hearn recently spoke about the fight not going ahead, and claimed that they sent all the signed paperwork ready for the Wilder camp to accept, but for them to pull out.
Wilder, however, told BoxingScene that him and his advisors never received the document signed by Joshua himself.
“He ain’t gotta worry about that April date, because that ain’t gonna happen,” Wilder told BoxingScene.com. “These guys don’t wanna fight me.
“We knew the April fight wasn’t gonna happen when Eddie Hearn sent the contract and Joshua come out here, advertising and putting out to his fans that he signed the damn contract, and when we get the contract, Eddie Hearn’s name is on it. I said ‘Look at this sh*t.”
The showdown between AJ and Wilder would arguably be the most lucrative in boxing history, but it seems further away then ever before.
After the collapse of the first bout, the date was set for April 13, 2019, with Joshua still claiming he wants to fight to happen.
However, after the recent claims from Wilder the fight now looks increasing more unlikely.
Wilder is now believed to be unwilling to accept the $15m fee that he accepted for facing Joshua in October in the UK, and now wants the purse to be a 50/50 split between the two fighters, although he would be willing to fight Joshua in the UK.
Continuing his rant on Joshua, Wilder suggested the multiple heavyweight champion should ‘grow some balls’ to fight him.
“They don’t wanna fight me. They don’t wanna fight. And I’m so happy that this is over. They can move on. They can go about their business.
“He will get found out. He will get knocked out sooner or later. If it ain’t by me, it will be by someone else. So hey, we wish him nothing but blessings, nothing but prosperity in his career man, until he grows some balls to fight me."
Wilder has spoke of his frustration with AJ, and his belief that Joshua will only accept the easier opponents, rather than challenging himself against the very elite in the world. Many could argue this as being true, but the fact remains that AJ is a multiple heavyweight champion on merit.
Both fighters have won high profile contests on their way to the summit of boxing. Joshua knocked out Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round in April 2017, whilst Wilder stopped Luis Ortiz in the 10th round on March 3 this year.
“Forget trying to trick people out of their money, trying to scam them into ticket sales and make it seem like its more than it was,” Wilder said. “Because those things come back to haunt you. You cant keep lying and lying and lying, and it don’t come back.
“The thing about a lie is you have to keep it fresh. You have to keep refreshing it, without even remembering what you said in the last interview.”
Whilst most would assume that Wilder would be rooting for a Joshua victory against Povetkin to set up a potential bout between the two in April, Wilder assures everybody he actually wants a Povetkin victory, because he believes the fight between himself and AJ will not happen respective of the outcome.
“I respect fighters, so I can’t call him any type of name,” in reference to Anthony Joshua.
“But he wanna fight lower opposition than me. He don’t wanna fight the best in the division and people have seen it.
“They just wanna scam people out of their money. They look at this and said ‘how much money can we make?’ That’s why he never went to no other country. That’s why Hearn always wants him to be in England, because he was ripping those people off."
Wilder then took a shot at the general public of the UK, stating they are being ripped off by Hearn and AJ, and when ‘they cannot pay your rent, don’t be crying’.
“Those people in England are getting ripped off, blindly. But finally they woke up, or some of them are waking up. Some of them enjoy it. Some of them don’t give a damn. If they don’t, they can keep giving their wages to them. And when you can’t pay your rent next month, don’t be crying.
“I’m done (with Joshua). I’m done. I’m done. He’s disgusted everybody. He’s disgusted me. He should be embarrassed and he should be disgusted by himself for being a champion and conducting himself this way.
“No champion acts this way. No champion talks like they’re not ready. As a champion, there’s no such thing as not being ready when you have all these hungry lions out here ready to eat”.
The war of words will not disappear from this heavyweight battle for a long time to come, but it is clear that Deontay Wilder has had enough of negotiations for now. Instead he is concentrating on what could be a very special boxing match against the lineal champion of the world, Tyson Fury.