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.
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.
“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.
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“For that particular reason, before we can do business, everything must be on the table.”
It has now been announced that Wilder will defend his WBC title against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale next.
Another criticism the American has received is that he’s facing Joshua’s ‘leftovers’ as the Brit knocked out Breazeale in seven rounds three years ago.
Wilder responded: “People always talk about – and this is the most ignorant comment I’ve heard dealing with boxing – talking about fighting people’s leftovers.
“Especially in the heavyweight division, it’s a small division…
“That’s the dumbest s*** I’ve ever heard in my life. Period.
“It ain’t no such thing as leftovers in no f***ing fight, people gonna continue to fight.
“If they lose, they’re gonna build themselves back up and get themselves in position to fight again. That’s how it works.”
Finally as part of this fan Q&A, a Joshua supporter queried whether Wilder was ‘jealous’ of his rival.
This did not go down well with the 33-year-old, who answered: “Why would I be jealous of AJ? I’m the wrong person for that.
“What does AJ got that I want? He doesn’t have nothing that I want. “Everything that he has, that’s nothing to me…
“I love life, I got money in the bank, ain’t nobody going broke around here, so why would I be jealous?”
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