Deontay Wilder lists three heavyweight boxers BETTER than world champ Anthony Joshua

CONTROVERSIAL CALL

The brash American is preparing to face fellow undefeated heavyweight champion Tyson Fury on December 1

Unbeaten heavyweight, Deontay Wilder, claims Anthony Joshua is only the fourth best in the division as he continued his war of words with his fellow world champion.

The brash American – the current WBC king – is preparing to face Tyson Fury at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on December 1.

Wilder is hoping to get the respect he feels he deserves by beating Fury

Wilder is hoping to get the respect he feels he deserves by beating Fury

Although Fury will stress he is still the lineal heavyweight champion, only one of the four main heavyweight titles will be on the line that night – Wilder’s prestigious WBC belt.

Despite Joshua claiming and then defending every belt since 2016, the Bronze Bomber is adamant the undefeated Brit is not good enough to beat him, or lay claim to being in the top three heavyweights in the world.

Anthony Joshua had his opportunity and his chance to prove and see if he was the goods, or was he spoiled milk,” the Mirror quote him as saying.

“They didn’t want to accept the challenge because they already know what I possess. They know my mindset and what I’m able to do. They know that he’s not on my level.

Wilder eventually knocked out Ortiz last year

Wilder eventually knocked out Ortiz last year

“I don’t think [Joshua] has the heart and the mentality to show that he’s the best, and even if he does, then his people don’t.

“But that’s enough of him. It ain’t about him. It’s about Tyson Fury. We are the best. And after this fight, you’ll see who is the best. One champion, one face, one name.

“Of course, [Joshua] beat the guys that they’ve put in front of him and tried to hype the media up like they were bigger than what they really were.

“So he’s had his opportunities, and as far as I’m concerned, this [fight] right here will tell the world who is the best of the best because I don’t feel that Joshua can beat me, nor can he beat Fury nor the second-best heavyweight in the world, [Luis] Ortiz. I have a strong personal opinion and strong feeling about that.”

Anthony Joshua currently holds the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles

Anthony Joshua currently holds the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles

Many will point to Wilder’s list of defeated opponents and suggest he has not faced enough high-calibre opponents to throw such insults around.

However, the 33-year-old is adamant beating Fury will garner enough attention for the boxing to give him the respect he feels he deserves.

He continued: “Everyone will realise I am special. I am a gift from God. I’m going to be his worst nightmare.

“This is my coming out party, somewhere I should have been a long time ago.

“Difficulties in the sport and my life didn’t allow me to have some things.

“In this fight I think a lot of people will wake up. You have denied me and hated on me for so long.

“No one is going to beat me on this special day. I do it for my children. I’m the realest fighter in the world and some people can’t handle real.”

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