Anthony Joshua believes Deontay Wilder has admitted that he ducked a fight against him.
Wilder has been in the headlines after breaking his silence on the destruction of his planned trilogy bout with WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury. “The Gypsy King’s” team claims that Wilder’s rematch clause expired, so they are moving on to a December 5 showdown against either Agit Kabayel or Carlos Takam in London.
During a rant on social media, Wilder said he was offered a significant amount of money to fight “AJ” but he ended up taking a rematch with Fury, which he lost via seventh-round TKO.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Joshua said that Wilder outed himself by admitting he turned down a fight with him.
“It makes the ultimate sense. It’s hard because at the time when people are talking and you see lots of media stuff, you start to believe what that person is saying. When time goes by, naturally the truth will always reveal itself. I get a lot of stick but I take it with a pinch of salt. He admitted it. We made him a lucrative offer but he wanted to face Fury. So be it. If that’s what he wanted to do, fine. But he dragged my name through the mud.
“While Wilder was trying to make me look like a bad person, that I didn’t want to enhance the sport, or fight certain fighters, I just had to roll with the punches. He has come out and said it himself. We offered him a really good deal but he wanted to fight Fury. People can take it how they want, and see what the truth is now.”
Joshua is prepared to defend his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO gold on December 12. He’ll be sharing the boxing ring with Kubrat Pulev.