Deontay Wilder is one of the hardest punching heavyweights of the modern era. So, he can be forgiven for his lack of talent when it comes to mastering accents.
Wilder mocked then-heavyweight champion Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn’s insistence on a unification fight in the UK. This was a major sticking point in the negotiations, which led Wilder to defend his belt against fellow Englishman Tyson Fury.
To add emphasis to his disdain for their actions, Wilder attempted an English accent, but the result was more akin to Joshua’s compatriot and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s world-renowned comedy character Borat.
The former world champion appeared to say: “They wanted to stay over in England, the fans over there deserve the fight there,” in an appalling attempt at an English accent. The clip was all over social media with swathes of fight fans equating Wilder’s accent to the fictional Kazakhstani journalist.
Stumbling upon this clip is a great illustration of Wilder’s fate in the boxing world, following his consecutive losses to Fury in the final two fights of the trilogy where he was comprehensively beaten.
Now there does not appear to be a logical fight for Wilder to take, leaving the American heavyweight well outside the reckoning for a title fight. This has then led to question marks around whether The Bronze Bomber will hang up the gloves, considering he is now 36 years old and took considerable damage throughout his trio of bouts versus The Gypsy King.
At the age of 36, you get the feeling that Wilder is one fight away from spiralling into boxing obscurity. So, if he is to return to the ring, you’d expect it will be a win or bust scenario for his career.
But one thing The Bronze Bomber has carried with him throughout his career is the age-old idiom of a puncher’s chance.