Deontay Wilder insists he is not ducking Anthony Joshua after Breazeale announcement

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The Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder saga has taken yet another spin this week, with Wilder responding to claims that he is not 'ducking' the British heavyweight world champion. 

Fans across the world were itching at the opportunity for the pair to finally meet in the ring, however, Joshua has opted to fight Jarrell Miller while Wilder is set to take on his fellow American, Dominic Breazeale, just a few weeks earlier in New York on May 18. 

Wilder rejected a deal worth £75 million with streaming service DAZN, which would have provided the American the opportunity to fight Anthony Joshua twice to crown one of them fighters as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. 

However, when questioned about Joshua wanting to fight the American, Wilder insisted that, despite his actions suggesting otherwise, he is still interested in making that undisputed clash. 

"Oh man, I can't wait for him either," per The Mirror.

"I feel the same way about him (that I do Breazeale).

"Four months of negotiations and they knew they didn't want the fight. Stop. What more do I have to do for people?

"I've tried to show people and I'll continue to still prove that I am the best. I'll continue to give people the fights that they want to see. But they got to be in cooperation with my team as well too.

"Because fighters, I understand, they have choices. They have a choice to make whether to get in there with the man, the myth and the legend.

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"I am that man that can knock you out, at any given time, any given round, any given minute, any given second."

As mentioned previously, Joshua is set to have his first professional fight stateside when he takes on Jarrell Miller on June 1.

Eddie Hearn explained, following the announcement of the fight, that this will be a great opportunity for AJ to make a name for himself in the US - possibly paving a way to fight Deontay Wilder in his own backyard further down the line. 

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