Deontay Wilder Claims Anthony Joshua Is Running Scared From Him

Speaking to William Hill and Oddschecker ahead of his
fight with Tyson Fury on Saturday, Deontay Wilder spoke about the ongoing “will
he, won’t he?” with Anthony Joshua.

Wilder is clear about his desire to face the Brit,
insisting that holding all of the available titles in the heavyweight division
remains his ultimate aim. He said, “My goal is what I’ve always set out to do –
it’s to unify.

“After my first world title my aim was to unify. One
champion, one face, one name. I won’t stop until I get that.

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“I want that, I want to be able to say I was the
undefeated, undisputed, the unified heavyweight champion of the world.

“No man can say that at this moment in time, all the
belts are in different places. We have two champions now and no one can say it
yet because of the situation that there is.”

Reports earlier this year suggested that Wilder, the
WBC champion, was in talks about a multi-million-pound unification bout with
the current holder of three of the four major titles, but there have since been
rumours that AJ and manager Eddie Hearn was not forthcoming.

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Joshua was instead forced by the WBA to face mandatory
challenger Alexander Povetkin in September, defeating the Russian by knockout
in the seventh round of the bout at Wembley.

When asked whether Joshua and his team were “buying
time” before facing him, the Bronze Bomber replied, “Of course they’ve been
doing that”. He is adamant that the ball is in Joshua’s court, saying, “We all
know they don’t want this fight or it would’ve happened”.

“Of course they’ve been doing that. Look at all his
team has been saying, even Barry Hearn [Eddie?] they’ve already said enough,”
the 33-year-old added.

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“If you’re a fan of his then of course you’re not
going to want to see it because you want to continue to feel like you’re at the

“People can feel whatever they want. If they want to
live through something then who am I to say not to? It’ll happen when it’s

“We all know they don’t want this fight or it would’ve
happened. It would’ve happened, it’s plain and simple. Just like with me and

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Wilder contrasted the futile talks with AJ’s entourage
with the direct and positive discussions he enjoyed with Tyson Fury himself. He
praised Fury, saying “This fight didn’t happen because we got together with our
managers and promoters, this fight happened because of me and him having a

Deontay Wilder, who had won all 40 of his pro fights (39
by KO), faces Tyson Fury at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, and
the Bomber is 8/13 favourite to win the bout, while Fury 6/4 to make the Americans
record 40-1.

However, 61.4% of punter have backed the Gypsy King
(via Oddschecker).

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