Deontay Wilder: I sense both Anthony Joshua and his promoter are intimidated by me

"Money hasn't been the issue. It comes with not having the heart."

by Sead Dedovic
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Deontay Wilder: I sense both Anthony Joshua and his promoter are intimidated by me
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Deontay Wilder has voiced frustration multiple times about not getting in the ring with Anthony Joshua. After their Saturday fights against Wallin and Parker, there's a chance a deal could happen next year. Looking back at earlier offers, Wilder revealed reasons why Joshua and his team rejected them. He firmly believes Joshua and his team are scared to face him. Although some believe that money is the reason why Joshua and his team turned down the offer, Wilder is not convinced.


"Money hasn't been the issue. It comes with not having the heart, the will, the courage to step in the ring,” Wilder told BBC Sport, as quoted by boxingscene.com!

"I don't really just blame it on Joshua. I blame it on his handlers, on his promotion and his management. Because let's face it Joshua is the cash cow of the company.

Without him, no money is drawn into Matchroom. We all know that. Not only do I feel Joshua is intimidated of me, but I feel his promoter is as well. That's why the fight hasn't happened."

Anthony Joshua on the match vs Parker: I'm taking the biggest risk

Many people think Joshua will have an easy time against Parker, but Deontay sees it as a potential challenge. He's concerned about underestimating the situation. Even though he's mainly focused on Joshua for a future fight, Wilder knows he can't let his guard down. It will be interesting to see how much Parker can do in the match against Deontay Wilder. If Wilder wins, but so does Joshua, a match between the two would be a realistic option.

"I'm taking the biggest risk because they're looking past Parker - but I'm not. Joshua is the biggest fight in combat sport, period. When people talk to me, the main thing they talk about is me and him, all the time. It applies pressure because the world wants to see [it]."

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