Deontay Wilder believes old rival Anthony Joshua is already dreaming up excuses not to fight him. But should their paths finally cross in the ring, the ‘Bronze Bomber’ insists he will win in ‘devastating’ fashion.

Wilder will force his name into the equation to fight Joshua, should he gain sweet revenge over Tyson Fury in their trilogy fight in Las Vegas on July 24. Joshua, meanwhile, is scheduled to defend his WBA Super, IBF and WBO belts against Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Stadium in September.

“Most definitely, hands down [I want Joshua next],” Wilder told Sky Sports. “Without no excuses, no mandatories, nothing in the way. As I see, they already making up excuses. They already got a mandatory planned ahead.

“No one really wants to fight someone like me, and I don’t blame them. [I would KO Joshua] in devastating fashion.”

The ‘Bronze Bomber’s’ co-manager Shelly Finkel maintains that Wilder, the long-time WBC champion before he was deposed by Fury in February 2020, has always craved a Joshua unification fight. That remains the ultimate goal should Wilder dethrone Fury next month.

“You would then have to have Joshua beat Usyk in September, and then we can talk,” Finkel told Sky Sports. “Always have [wanted to make the Joshua fight]. Deontay wants to be the undisputed champion, but first he has to take out Fury.”