WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) believes IBF, IBO, WBA champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs), and his promoter Eddie Hearn, want no part of a unification in the coming future.
Wilder was back in the ring earlier this month at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and survived near disaster in the seventh round to later stop undefeated challenger Luis Ortiz in the tenth round.
The unbeaten puncher will now site ringside on March 31, when Joshua stakes his three belts in a unification against WBO champion Joseph Parker at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
Should Joshua win, Hearn has claimed that there is a 80% chance that his next opponent will be Wilder.
Wilder is not convinced of that.
He believes Joshua and Hearn will steer clear, and go in a different direction. One option being mentioned is Joshua making his American debut at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, against Jarrell Miller. And another option is a mandatory defense against Alexander Povetkin, who faces David Price on the Joshua-Parker undercard.
"On the business side of boxing, I don’t think he’s very confident as a champion. As a champion, the way that he goes about it is not like champions that we’re used to seeing. When it comes to Anthony Joshua, especially when my name is mentioned or when my name is anywhere in the equation, he changes. Something in his personality changes. I know all of these guys fear me. I know they fear me. I would fear myself if I was fighting somebody that was knocking out everybody that stood in front of him. I’m really convinced, especially at this point, that Anthony Joshua is definitely scared of me. Him and his promoter [Eddie Hearn]," Wilder told The Undefeated.
"One minute he says he wants to fight in Vegas. Next minute he says he wants to fight back home. He says, ‘We shouldn’t go to America, we should stay here.' With me, I don’t care where I fight. I don’t care if it’s in the States, I don’t even care if it’s in your country. I’m going to travel, I’m going to go. That’s what I feel I need to do to fulfill my legacy, to leave my stamp on this division and this business. To solidify my name in it, I must travel."