It’s fair to say WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder isn’t best pleased with Anthony Joshua’s decision to make his US debut fighting Jarrell Miller on June 1.
Joshua will defend his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles against the Brooklyn-born brawler at the iconic Madison Square Garden live on Sky Sports PPV.
His favoured opponents were Wilder or Tyson Fury, but the two now look set for a rematch following their controversial draw in December, meaning Joshua’s fight has been brought back by almost two months.
Wilder spoke to talkSPORT before the Joshua vs Miller fight became official, and revealed he is sceptical about whether the bout will be a success considering both stars’ unpopularity across the pond.
“Jarrell is still an unknown fighter here in America. Jarrell is from Brooklyn and stuff like that, but they don’t even know him in his own city,” he told Will Gavin.
“He’s not a name that’s been developed in the market here so for me I don’t think it’s going to be a great look for him because even Anthony’s not that known here in America.”
“The people that do know him, they know about $50million, they know about the story of the $15million flat and why the fight isn’t happening. So I don’t think they’re going to accept it very well, but we’re going to see.”
The 33-year-old is obviously referring to the $50million and $15million that had previously been exchanged in the failed negotiations surrounding a fight with Joshua.
He is confident the American fans will take his side in the saga, though, and expects the Watford-born champion to have a shock when he arrives in the States.
“I don’t think they’re going to get the outcome that they’re expecting is going to happen,” Wilder continued. “I know they’re expecting the English to come over and support it big, but it shouldn’t be that way.
“If he done the right thing and accepted the fight, and say he’s coming over to fight Deontay Wilder, the outcome would be crazy.”