Wilder: Joshua Won’t Face Me April 13
After months of failed negotiations with WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua, WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder seems to have lost hope on an April 13 title unification bout taking place.
A Joshua-Wilder bout looked likely for this fall after Wilder reportedly accepted a flat fee to keep the bout in the United Kingdom — Joshua has signed a deal for his next two bouts to take place at Wembley Stadium. However, issues in the contract (according to Wilder’s side) and pressure from the WBA (according to Joshua and his promoter, Eddie Hearn’s side), caused Joshua to instead take a mandatory title defense against Alexander Povetkin on Sept. 22.
According to Joshua, he’d be willing to fight Wilder on April 13 should he retain against Povetkin. Joshua claims to have even given a revised contract to Wilder and his team, but Wilder says he has received no such thing. Even if there was a signature, Wilder says, he now wants the terms changed, standing his ground on his original 50-50 split request rather than take the $15 million flat fee in the last negotiation.
Wilder accuses Joshua and Hearn of being rip-off artists, saying he’s trying to cheat people out of money and tricking fans for big ticket sales.
“He ain’t gotta worry about that April date because that ain’t gonna happen,” Wilder said. “These guys don’t wanna fight me. We knew the April fight wasn’t gonna happen when Eddie Hearn sent the contract and Joshua come out here, advertising and putting out to his fans that he signed the damn contract, and when we get the contract, Eddie Hearn’s name is on it. I said, ‘Look at this s***.’
They don’t wanna fight, and I’m so happy that this is over. They can move on. They can go about their business. He will get found out. He will get knocked out sooner or later. If it ain’t by me, it will be by someone else. So hey, we wish him nothing but blessings, nothing but prosperity in his career, man, until he grows some balls to fight me.
Wilder will likely make his next title defense in November against former unified champion Tyson Fury — the bout is reportedly close to a done deal and rumored to be made official in the ring following Fury’s next tune-up bout on August 18.
“I’m done [with Joshua],” Wilder said. “He disgusted everybody. He disgusted me. He should be embarrassed and he should be disgusted by himself for being a champion and conducting himself this way. No champion acts that way. No champion talks like they’re not ready. As a champion, there’s no such thing as not being ready when you have all these hungry lions out here ready to eat.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene