Wilder: Joshua Afraid To Negotiate Alone
Anthony Joshua wanted a sit down with Deontay Wilder, so the two heavyweight champions could finalize a unification fight.
Deontay Wilder on the other hand believes Joshua is posturing, as he offered to broker a deal just between them via Facetime, but Joshua wanted a third party.
“What have they done so far to be believable?” Wilder said to The Los Angeles Times.
“I’ve tried to do it privately with some mutual friends. [Joshua] did not want to do it without someone there with him on FaceTime conversation. Why would you want to do that? It’s me and you. Are you scared of me or something? This whole thing of, ‘We’ve got to sit down ….’ They’re just saying something, man, because at the end of the day. I do not have a boss. Joshua has a boss, [Hearn’s] Matchroom Boxing.”
“You know when it’s real and you know when someone’s just talking,” Wilder continued. “We’ve spoke before for four months. I’ve been in there with them. You do not think you know a person when they’re lying or not? Without [Matchroom], this fight would be done a long time ago. He can say all he wants. They still have a say-so on him. So why sit and talk with him? He’s not on my level. I’m not chasing nobody no more. The shoe’s on the other foot. I know the fight’s going to happen eventually, but it’s good to see them begging.”
“And no matter what people think, when it comes to the night of the fight and I knock [Joshua] out, the ones who doubted are going to look like a fool. I can not wait for that moment to come. We’ve got a plan. We’re doing our thing. When they’re ready, let’s make it happen. I’ve been trying to make this fight. When they’re ready, I’ll be ready. “
With talks between he and Joshua going nowhere, the WBC world heavyweight champion announced he and Luis Ortiz will run back their 2018 classic showdown , which seems set for September.
Report: Los Angeles Times