Deontay Wilder is shaking his head at critics claiming that he derailed a potential full division unification fight between British rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. (photo by Ryan Hafey)
Earlier this year, Fury and Joshua were reportedly close to reaching an agreement for a unification clash on a date in August in Saudi Arabia.
However, in the background, Wilder had initiated a legal action to enforce his rematch clause with Fury - which was contractually tied to their second encounter in February 2020.
Fury vs. Joshua completely fell apart when an arbitrator ordered Fury to honor the rematch clause due to Wilder.
This Saturday night, Fury and Wilder will collide for a third time, for the WBC heavyweight title, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Wilder explains that he never derailed anything, because Fury and Joshua never had an actual contract.
The once-beaten puncher believes both sides were hyping up a fight that was never going to happen.
"The Fury AJ talk, it was never going to happen. They never had a contract to begin with. You know it was all propaganda and it was nothing I was concerned about because I knew the truth. Certain fans and people just take the first thing they hear without doing research and they just go away with it," Wilder told BT Sport.
"People want to be first nowadays instead of being correct. That was the situation and one thing for sure, when you put black ink to white paper it’s sealed you know, it’s called a contract.
"As long as I knew I had that contract and we were going to activate it, there weren't no concerns or worries about the talks. They just hyped people up for nothing."