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Deontay Wilder Calls Out Anthony Joshua For Running Scared From A Unification Match

Adnan Riaz

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Deontay Wilder Calls Out Anthony Joshua For Running Scared From A Unification Match

Deontay Wilder has said that 2019 will be an important turning point in his career after revealing his main objective.

Speaking to Oddschecker and William Hill, the WBC Heavyweight Champion says that his aim is to unify all of the belts.


"My goal is what I've always set out to do -- it's to unify," he said. "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."

For the 33-year-old undefeated American boxer, it means that he is already setting his sights on fighting Anthony Joshua and claiming his IBF, WBA and WBO belts. However, the Bronze Bomber believes that the 29-year-old Brit is running scared of his challenge.

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Credit: PA

"Of course they've been doing that," he said. "Look at all his team has been saying, even Barry Hearn [Eddie?] they've already said enough.

"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.

"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.

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Credit: PA

"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."

Before Wilder continues to push for a fight with AJ, the Alabama-born boxer has to face off against the undefeated Tyson Fury on 1st December.

While their press conference descended into chaos yesterday, Wilder opened up about his approach to the fight and claims that he's "fought him 75 times now."

"My whole mentality is going to be adjusting, trying to figure him out," he explained. "I've never faced a guy of his style.

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Credit: PA

"I think the first part, maybe even the second round, will be all about adjusting. Who can adjust to whose style the fastest and then after that you'll see things starting to work out, starting to add up.

"And whoever can solve the problem the fastest will be the one to add up and I know that's gonna be me. I'm going to knock him out.

"I've fought him 75 times now. Over and over again I've seen different knockouts. I allow my mind to see different ways, I don't just see it always one way because certain things may happen in the fight that I couldn't visualise or I couldn't see coming.

"In life, we get blindsided and just like in a fight you can get blindsided. My mind is so open that I allow it to see it in a variety of ways. Each way I saw myself knocking him out."

Who will win out of Wilder and Fury?

Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: Tyson Fury, Boxing News, Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Deontay Wilder

Adnan Riaz
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