Negotiations collapsed for an undisputed title clash, leading the American to his bout with Tyson Fury instead
Deontay Wilder has declared Anthony Joshua’s supporters are refusing to accept the truth that their unified champion is avoiding him.
The 32-year-old is set to defend his WBC heavyweight world title against Tyson Fury on Saturday night after negotiations for an undisputed fight with AJ collapsed.
Despite the bitterness that has existed between the two camps since, Wilder still intends to make a bout against Joshua in 2019.
“My goal is what I’ve always set out to do – it’s to unify,” he explained to Oddschecker, “After my first world title my aim was to unify. One champion, one face, one name. I won’t stop until I get that.
“I want that, I want to be able to say I was the undefeated, undisputed, the unified heavyweight champion of the world.
“No man can say that at this moment in time, all the belts are in different places. We have two champions now and no one can say it yet because of the situation that there is.”
Deontay Wilder has also now taken issue with AJ’s fan base as the debate regarding their failed fight continues to rage across social media.
When asked if Anthony Joshua’s team were ‘buying time’ before having to face him, the WBC king replied: “Of course they’ve been doing that.
“If you’re a fan of his then of course you’re not going to want to see it because you want to continue to feel like you’re at the top.
“People can feel whatever they want. If they want to live through something then who am I to say not to? It’ll happen when it’s time.
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“We all know they don’t want this fight or it would’ve happened. It would’ve happened, it’s plain and simple. Just like with me and Fury.
“This fight didn’t happen because we got together with our managers and promoters, this fight happened because of me and him having a discussion.
“Talking about it, being serious with each other and when you have a strong backing as a champion they’re gonna do what you want, not what they want, or what they feel is best for you.
“They can say what they think is best for you, but at the end of the day, you have the final say.”
You can watch the full Oddschecker video with Deontay Wilder below.