Wilder Won’t Write Off Joshua Yet
Ever since Anthony Joshua fell to Andy Ruiz Jr this past June, WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder feels the former unified champion “quit.”
“For me, he quit,” Wilder said to GQ. “He gave up. He was looking for a way out, because he didn’t have no answer for Ruiz. They overlooked him, and he had a lot of pressure coming here to America. This is the Mecca of boxing here, in America. All the money is here in America. And they overlooked it, because they was on their high horse, with what they was doing in England. But it ain’t over for him. Just because he lost one time, that doesn’t mean it’s over. A lot of people think it’s be-all, end-all when you lose. But that’s not the case. That’s how you become …”
When Wilder’s own undefeated record was brought up by the interviewer, Wilder claimed that it’s not that important. “I don’t dwell on the undefeated record,” Wilder explained. “You know what I mean? Because the biggest task is when you fall, how you get up. Sometimes standing on top could be easy. You can maneuver your way around, stand on top. Guys do it. Sometimes guys fight just once a year. For me, it’s not so much about my undefeated record. I love it, but I don’t praise it. I give people the facts: 41-0, 40 knockouts. And I’ve defended [the WBC title] nine times. I’m in with the greats now. You know what I mean? I’m up there with the greats.
“But for me, it’s all about my accomplishment in the sport. That’s the beauty of being undefeated, the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and I won’t stop until I do that. The last one that did it was Holyfield. No, Lennox Lewis, I think. And I won’t stop until I get that. I want to accomplish that. I want to remake history, and that’s my ultimate goal in boxing. We’ve been marinating. It took me almost 11 years. It will be 11 years in November [since I turned pro].”