Wilder: Joshua is a Coward - He Knows This, His Team Knows This

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder labelled Britain's Anthony Joshua a "coward" for failing to secure a bout between the two, hours before the American then clashed with upcoming opponent Tyson Fury at a news conference on Monday.

Joshua's promotion team Matchroom Boxing did not immediately respond for comment by email or phone. Wilder and Fury began their promotional tour in London for their December 1 fight in Los Angeles with a possible bout against IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO holder Joshua in 2019 up for grabs.

Joshua was in negotiations with Wilder's team earlier this year to organise a fight which would have presented the opportunity for either man to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

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However, talks fell through with both sides blaming the other for the breakdown. Joshua instead fought and knocked out Russian Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium last month which took him to 22 fights unbeaten. Hours earlier, however, Wilder and Fury had somewhat stolen the limelight by announcing their match.

"Hey Joshua, me and Fury have got this thing going on to see who is the biggest and baddest in the world, to see who is champion, one face, one name, something you was too coward to do," Wilder said on ITV's Good Morning Britain on Monday.

"You was a coward, and you know this, your team knows this. Every last one of you saying things over again, you manipulated it, you conjugated it. (You are) Compulsive liars."

Later on Monday, Wilder and Fury, both of whom also boast unbeaten records, had to be separated at a news conference after squaring up to each other. Fury, 30, himself a former heavyweight champion, has fought once since returning to the ring after two and a half years following a doping ban. He beat Italian Francesco Pianeta on points in August.

"I am savouring nothing, the only thing I am savouring is smashing Wilder's teeth in," Fury told the news conference. "All the press are here to see the biggest fight of our generation, you are in for a treat."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ptek on 10-09-2018

[QUOTE=The plunger man;19159569]If wilder gets past fury , just you wait till joshua finally gets giraffe legs in the ring. Joshua is going to punish him and finish him properly. Wilder will rue the day he said coward because lets…

Comment by WBC WBA IBF on 10-05-2018

[QUOTE=Laligalaliga;19166994]20mil dollars as filled.[/QUOTE] filed where? link? i have never seen anything reporting AJ's filed purse. does the UK even require the disclosure of filed purses?

Comment by Laligalaliga on 10-05-2018

[QUOTE=WBC WBA IBF;19166705]ok, show us AJ's filed numbers. ill wait.[/QUOTE] 20mil dollars as filled.

Comment by Marchegiano on 10-05-2018

It's the same as it's always been. I'm just as guilty as any other from a state in question. Since when has Britain not been the ***** version of America? Alright, since when has America not been the dumbass version…

Comment by WBC WBA IBF on 10-05-2018

[QUOTE=Laligalaliga;19166471]Applying same logic, it will also mean AJ earns about 25/30mil.[/QUOTE] ok, show us AJ's filed numbers. ill wait.

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