Wilder Claims Joshua Is Scared Of Him
WBC world heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder seems to be convinced that Anthony Joshua is “terrified” of him.
Wilder will stand across from Cuban Luis Ortiz in March, but looks straight through Ortiz and towards a potential unification with Joshua, who meets Joseph Parker a few weeks later.
As a guest on the BoxNation Podcast, Wilder covered a range of topics including how he plans to teach Ortiz a lesson for failed drug tests, why he holds back in fights, and his thoughts on Tyson Fury.
“I like Tyson Fury, he’s a colorful character in the heavyweight division. He’s my type of guy,” revealed the 32-year-old.
“Boxing is a game where you either have personality or you don’t. I’m not in this business to make it seem like I’m this humble guy, [and] I’m very polite. No. This is a gladiator sport! No gladiator in time ever just had that ‘oh I’m so humble’…they had a warrior’s mentality.
Fury is aiming for a comeback this year and could even be a future opponent for Wilder. However the Alabama native keen on the Tyson Fury style of fighting that famously gave Wladimir Klitschko nightmares.
“As a boxer, I’m not too fond of his awkward style. When you’re awkward it’s very hard for people to beat you. When you have a guy who’s awkward, whether he’s southpaw or orthodox, you’ve got trouble on your hands because you don’t know what this guy’s gonna do and what time he’s gonna do it in,” he admitted.
Wilder also had plenty to say on Joshua, who currently holds the IBF, IBO and WBA ‘Super’ belts after 20 straight victories.
“I think Joshua is scared to fight me. I think that you guys have boosted him and praised him so much…when you have a country on your side, it could boost your head a little bit. When you have a guy like me who knocks guys out, with a one-punch knockout, you’re gonna be terrified,” Wilder said.
“I know Joshua thinks about it all the time, probably when he sleeps, he thinks about ‘one day this is going to end’ and it could end with Deontay Wilder. I’m the biggest threat in Joshua’s career. I just want to make the biggest fight happen,” continued Wilder.
“Every fighter brings something different out of me that I show. I don’t display everything that I have in a fight. I only display what the fighter allows me to display. I don’t like to waste energy, I don’t like to show too much. You’ve got to give people just enough so they can take home something to talk about and wait for the next fight.”
“We like to keep people thinking that I’m just this wild guy in the ring. They can’t figure me out,” added the Alabama native.
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