Wilder Won’t Be Attending Joshua-Parker
After making threats that he’d confront the winner of this Saturday’s heavyweight unification fight, Deontay Wilder has made it known that he will not be in Cardiff on March 31st.
In a story originally reported by Boxing Scene, Tim Smith, a spokesman for Premier Boxing Champions confirmed that Wilder will not be ringside for the Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker fight on Saturday. This comes as a surprise as Wilder was set to be a guest commentator for Sky Sports.
Wilder wanted to use that event to confront the winner of the fight for the next step in heavyweight unification, but Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn made it clear that Joshua’s next opponent will be Jarrell Miller, while Hearn is angling for Dillian Whyte to face the WBC heavyweight champion.
Joshua welcomed Wilder to Cardiff, but not into the ring.
“Yes, he’s more than welcome,” Joshua, the IBF/IBO/WBA champ, told Sky Sports recently, “but the difference is – when Klitschko came over to watch me in Manchester [in December 2016], we had a signed deal. It was signed and sealed, provided I won [against Eric Molina].
“With Wilder, I’m just not into the hype. If he wants to come over, get in the ring and all that stuff – I just prefer it if he had a fight in place to talk about. Because if not, it’s just hype.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene