AJ wanted to retire if I’d won. He doesn’t want to fight the best of the best – Wilder

Deontay Wilder claims Anthony Joshua didn’t want to fight him regardless of his loss against Joseph Parker.

Earlier this month, the boxing world was excited to know that Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua were close to finalizing a two-fight deal. The only thing standing in their way was each fighter needing a respective win at Day of Reckoning in Saudi Arabia. 

The much anticipated bout fell apart after Wilder lost against Joseph Parker on December 23, before Joshua, put up an impressive performance to knock out Otto Wallin in the fifth round.

Deontay Wilder believes Anthony Joshua didn’t want to fight him regardless of his loss against Joseph Parker. ‘The Bronze Bomber’ accused ‘AJ’ of not being interested regardless of the December 23 outcome: 

“It’s so much going on. [Anthony Joshua and his team] really don’t want that fight. They really don’t want that fight, and when I lost, you see how happy he was coming out… I saw it in the back. I swear to god, I bust out laughing in the back when I saw that…I made him be able to perform like, ‘sh*t, I ain’t gotta fight Wilder.’ The rumour was he was talking about retiring if I won.”

Deontay Wilder also said Anthony Joshua ‘doesn’t want to fight the best of the best’

Anthony Joshua has fought several elite heavyweights during his professional boxing career, including Wladimir Klitschko, Andy Ruiz Jr. x2 and Oleksandr Usyk x2. Yet, the beloved former world champion hasn’t fought Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury, leading to accusations from Wilder about not wanting to fight the best.

“I don’t have nothing to say about him. I just know he don’t wanna fight the best of the best. I just know that. I know that, and that ain’t hating, that ain’t dislike because I don’t have an opinion of what I like or dislike. He just don’t fight. He ain’t done that to me. He didn’t wanna break bread with me. We could have made some great money together and still can.”

Deontay Wilder’s loss against Joseph Parker has led some fans to question whether his age and inactivity have taken away from his world championship potential. Meanwhile, the 38-year-old hasn’t officially retired, as he believes his primary issue is losing his killer instinct, which he plans to regain.

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