If you thought that the relationship between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua couldn’t have gotten any worse, you’d be wrong.
As if there wasn’t already enough reasons for the two to oppose each other, Wilder has labelled a new reason as to why he has lost all respect for the former unified British champion… not that he had all too much respect for him before.
The feud between the two seems to have ran on for some time, but was indefinitely catalysed after their supposed 2018 unification bout collapsed after the two failed to negotiate and settle on similar terms.
This time, though, Wilder has reached the edge after Joshua showed their private messages to boxing promoter Eddie Hearn.
Leaking their conversations, it seems, was enough for Wilder to lose all respect for his rival after their fight between each other had to be shelved due to their respective rematch clauses.
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“I’ll never freeze nobody out,” he told 78SPORTSTV, as per The Metro. “I’m in the business of blessing people. Just like I tried to before, in the beginning.
“Just like we had private conversations, but you went and ran and showed your masters. I don’t respect you no more, bro. I don’t have no respect.
“When we had those private conversations and you went back and showed Eddie what we were talking about, then you lost my respect wholeheartedly.
“People don’t even fuck with you like that. Even in your own country bro. I’ve been there almost three weeks now. People talk, I spoke to all of them. It’s crazy, but you know I keep that to myself.”
The last thing Joshua will want to do is focus on Wilder. In a recent interview with Sky Sports, he admitted that his concentration in his first bout with Andy Ruiz Jr. was not on his opponent, but on the prospect of a unification challenge with Wilder or grudge match with Tyson Fury.
Preparing for his rematch with the Mexican to regain his belts, AJ can’t make the same mistake and switch his focus to the Bronze Bomber.
Wilder is also expected to fight later this year when he comes up against Luiz Ortiz. Then, he is supposed to go on to fight Fury in a rematch of his own, though, he has now revealed that he would much rather face the winner of Ruiz Jr. vs AJ II in a unification showdown.
“I would want him to step aside, which I think he would do anyway,’ Wilder said about the possibility of fighting the winner of Ruiz vs Joshua II. “I think he would, but I would want him to do it as well, to give a unification.
“One champion, one face, one name. That has never left my mind.”News Now - Sport News