Deontay Wilder responds to fan questions accusing him of ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘jealousy’ towards Anthony Joshua


Deontay Wilder responds to fan questions accusing him of ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘jealousy’ towards Anthony Joshua

Deontay Wilder insists he is not ‘jealous’ of Anthony Joshua and has dismissed a suggestion that he has been ‘hypocritical’ in his approach to negotiations.

The two reigning heavyweight world champions have been in and out of talks over a unification bout for more than a year now with precious little positive developments.

Deontay Wilder holds the WBC heavyweight title

In 2018, Wilder offered Joshua $50million for the bout, however, AJ’s team questioned the legitimacy of the proposal and ultimately turned it down.

Last month, Joshua’s US broadcaster DAZN offered Wilder a $100million three-fight deal including two bouts against AJ, however he rejected this to stick with Showtime.

As part of his reasoning for the decision, Wilder stated that DAZN had refused to tell him what Joshua would be earning for their contests.

When asked whether this made him a hypocrite because he’d never disclosed his earnings to AJ in the initial $50million offer, Wilder told ThaBoxingVoice: “No it don’t, because with that deal it’s self-explanatory.

Anthony Joshua is the WBA, IBF and WBO unified champion

“What we were offering AJ, he was gonna get the $50million up front, guaranteed.

“Of course everything else is gonna be split down the middle, but out of the amount that we anticipated was gonna be made, we already gave him 50 per cent up front.

“The difference between me and Joshua is Joshua asked for $50million, he said that out of his own mouth and he declined. We called his bluff and he didn’t wanna take it.

“That’s the difference, I ain’t asking for nothing. They want me on this particular thing for a particular reason.