By Keith Idec
Deontay Wilder knows why fellow heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, are putting off their showdown.
According to Wilder, he can hear it in their voices when they discuss potentially fighting him sometime in 2018.
“I’m a very dangerous fighter,” Wilder told BoxingScene.com. “And they know that if he comes at me, a very dangerous fighter, I can mess up their whole operation. I can bring it all to the ground and that’s why they’re stalling. That’s why they’re stalling with all this, ‘Fight Dillian Whyte’ and all that. That’s not gonna do nothing, because once we get in the ring, it’s over and they know it.”
England’s Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) will return to the ring Saturday night for a mandatory defense of his IBF heavyweight title. The British knockout artist will face Cameroon’s Carlos Takam (35-3-1, 27 KOs) before a crowd expected to exceed 75,000 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales (Sky Sports Box Office; Showtime).
A week later, Wilder (38-37 KOs) will make a mandatory defense of his WBC championship against former champion Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs). The Tuscaloosa, Alabama native’s November 4 fight against Las Vegas’ Stiverne will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York (Showtime).
Wilder, 32, hopes he and Joshua, 28, score knockout victories and fight each other next. He isn’t optimistic about that, though, and wants fans to realize that it isn’t him that’s delaying the heavyweight fight virtually everyone wants to see.
“Hopefully it happens,” Wilder said. “And if don’t, it just don’t. It’ll be a shame for the fans. I’m not the one that’s sitting around. We need each other, but we don’t need each other. If the fight never happens, I’m good. I just don’t want people to say I never called him out or never tried [to make the fight]. It’ll be more on him than me.
“It’s not about money. It’s not about that. It’s easy for people to say, ‘Oh, he’s just trying to’ – no, I’m trying to prove that I’m the best. With that being said, I want the best. But the best don’t wanna take the risk with me because I’m a very dangerous fighter.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.