Heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder has accused IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO champion Anthony Joshua of 'making up excuses' to delay a potential fight between them.
Wilder will attempt to recapture the WBC world title when he faces Tyson Fury in a trilogy fight on July 24th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Joshua is currently being positioned to make a mandatory defense of his titles against Oleksandr Usyk, with Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with the working date of September 25 being set down.
Provided he defeats Fury, and Joshua overcomes Usyk in September, Wilder wants to get Joshua in the ring.
"Most definitely, hands down [I want the Joshua fight], 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."
And Wilder believes that he would beat Joshua - "in a devastating fashion."
Wilder's co-manager, Shelly Finkel, says his boxer is very interesting in unifying all of the heavyweight titles.
"You would then have to have Joshua beat Usyk in September, and then we can talk. Always have [wanted to make Joshua fight]. Deontay wants to be the undisputed champion, but first he has to take out Fury," Finkel said.
Wilder has been out of the ring since February 2020, when he suffered the first defeat of his pro career. He was stopped in seven rounds by Fury at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In the aftermath of the fight, Wilder exercised an immediate rematch clause.