Deontay Wilder has spoken out about a potential fight with Anthony Joshua, and claims the Brit has no interest in stepping into the ring with him.
A huge cross Atlantic clash between the pair has been talked of for years, and early negotiations actually took place in 2018 for what then would have then been an undisputed world title fight.
Things eventually turned sour, though, and Wilder seemed to hint to ESNews that he has inside information confirming that ‘AJ’ does not fancy the job.
“Everybody should have known when the 50 million was offered to him [Joshua]. He asked for it, and he didn’t take it. People should have known then that there was something fishy going on.”
“Even moving forward, Joshua don’t want to fight. There’s certain information that I know. As boxers, we have connections all around the world, and know that loyalty is very rare.”
‘The Bronze Bomber’ looks likely to face old Joshua foe Andy Ruiz Jr next, with the WBC ordering a final eliminator between the two Americans for their iteration of the heavyweight world title.
As for Joshua, he looks set to get back on the comeback trail in early April, after falling short for a second time against Oleksandr Usyk in Jeddah last summer.
Jermaine Franklin, who narrowly lost out to Dillian Whyte in November, will reportedly sign to land a big money fight with Joshua.
Promoter Eddie Hearn announced earlier this month that Joshua had begun camp with a new trainer in the United States.