Wilder Claims Joshua Is Hiding Behind Hearn
Even though Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn made it quite clear that they want a fight with Deontay Wilder, the WBC heavyweight champion believes they’re attempting to save face in light of Wilder’s consistent challenges.
“I’m gonna make my money regardless,” Wilder told BoxingScene.com. “My family’s gonna eat regardless. But at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, if this fight don’t never be made, the world will know why it wasn’t made. It won’t be because of Deontay Wilder. It’ll be because of Anthony Joshua and his team. I’m my own boss. I say who I wanna fight. He’s not his own boss.
“What is he doing? If he was his own boss, he would make the decision. He let everybody else speak for him. I say what I want. Why can’t he do the same? People are getting tired, man, and I’m just gonna wash my hands of this situation. I’m gonna let the people, let the fans, let the reporters, I’m gonna let everybody that’s dealing with boxing come out and smoke them out of there.”
With Joshua offering to come to the United States to negotiate, and Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel looking to speak with the Hearn’s this week, it seems the runway is clear for a fight this year. Yet, Wilder feels like he shouldn’t have to bend at the heel of Joshua and Hearn, claiming that “we’re not chasing nobody.”
“We’re not gonna be running down nobody because it’s not supposed to be this way. He’s a champion, I’m a champion and, you know, the best are supposed to fight the… We’ve seen these things before, where people stall out fights and try to make it bigger and better.”
“No, this fight is worth everything right now. It’s ready to go right now. The hype is on it right now. That’s all people talk about every day, this fight right now. And all these stalling tactics, it’s enough. I’m ready. There’s no denying that I want the fight. You know I want it. I’ve been saying that. I’ve been stressing that. I just need them to accept this fight, accept the terms, give us the location and the date, and we’re there.”
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