Deontay Wilder has opened up about the potential of a fight with Anthony Joshua by taking massive aim at the British boxer and his promoter Eddie Hearn whilst also revealing he's looking forward to a rematch with Tyson Fury.
Long before Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury announced that they would be fighting each other the world had a huge appetite for Wilder and Anthony Joshua to meet in order to unify the heavyweight division.
Wilder has held the WBC title since January 2015 and Joshua has held all the other major versions of the heavyweight title since beating Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017. For a while their meeting felt like when rather than if.
Following Wilder's meeting with Fury though that looks to be a long way off, especially as the rematch looks on the card first, and speaking, via the Times, it seems the Bronze Bomber has no interest in working with AJ or Eddie Hearn to make a fight:
"I haven't even thought about Joshua - they are getting what they deserved.
"They felt they were the only people in heavyweight boxing that people cared about. They felt they were the people that were running this sport. Me and Fury came together and showed the world what it looks like for the best to fight the best.
"No one has talked about Joshua in I don't know how long and I plan on keeping it that way. They had their opportunity but they led people on. He could have had Luis Ortiz, he could have had Tyson Fury, he could have had me, but their ego got the best of them. Let them continue to fight the second-tier fighters and hopefully one knocks him out."
Joshua and Hearn have been accused of dodging Wilder. Image: PA Images
Wilder went on to add, "They didn't want to see this fight do well. They thought they were better than everyone. If he wants to be singled out, he's got to obtain all the belts, he's got to leave no doubt. But they didn't try to do that.
"I'm excited about Fury, I'm ready for Fury 2 and I can't wait."
Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder. Credit: PA
It seems like we could be a long way off Wilder and Joshua facing each other in the ring but when we eventually get it then they'll be a lot of bad blood.
It should be worth the wait!