Wilder: Parker Is Scared Of Me
Deontay Wilder knows that Anthony Joshua will agree to a fight, but not sure when the two heavyweights will face off. Yet, when it comes to WBO heavyweight champion, Joseph Parker, Wilder thinks Parker wants no part of the Alabama native.
“Parker is the scaredest of them all. He don’t want it. My thing is if you come in this thing talking about how you wanna fight the best, then please do fight the best. Y’all came to my city, talked to me for several days, talked to my people for several days, not only in person, but on the phone, for nothing. For nothing, when y’all know you didn’t want me. You thought you did, but you came to the fight and you saw me knock this guy out like I did, and you don’t want it no more.”
Wilder is referring to when Parker attended Wilder’s last fight in February, when Wilder defeated Gerald Washington in five rounds in Birmingham, Alabama.
Parker was at the card not only to possibly scout Wilder, but support his training partner, Izu Ugonoh. Ugonoh lost by fifth-round knockout to Dominic Breazeale on the undercard.
“I’m gonna have to stop all these champions and these top contenders from coming to my fights… Because when they do, they see what they thought they want is not what they really want. Their eyes play tricks on them from afar, but when they come in person it’s a whole, totally different story. But sooner or later, whether Joshua gets his belt and I fight Joshua, or I get his belt and fight Joshua, either way, Parker’s gonna be gone soon.”
Wilder doesn’t believe that a unification fight will be next, if he beats Bermane Stiverne in their rematch on November 4th.
“There’s two men that I want so bad, and it’s Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker… I wanna unify the division so bad. That’s my ultimate goal. I don’t care about how much money it is, the buildup, this and that – that all plays a part in it. But my sole feeling is I want those belts. I wanna unify, but I don’t think these guys wanna do the same thing. They talk the talk, but they don’t wanna walk it. Especially with Joseph Parker. He came and said he wants the best and all this.
“He even came to my fight for nothing, but he really don’t want that. He is no threat at all. He’s not a dangerous fighter. He’s at the bottom of the champions that’s fighting second-tier fighters. He wanna stay out of harm’s way for as long as possible and it’s sad. But I want both of those guys, man. I want them so bad to unify this division. That’s all I wanna do is unify. And then, after that everybody can line up.”