Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has gone after long-time rival Deontay Wilder yet again, claiming that the American is “not an elite level fighter.”
Joshua and Wilder have been embroiled in a heated rivalry for several years, with both men accusing the other of ducking a bout that, at the time, would have determined the undisputed heavyweight world champion.
However, following the re-emergence of Tyson Fury at the top of the heavyweight food chain and Wilder’s stunning seventh-round loss to the Gypsy King last year, it now seems a unification bout between Joshua and Wilder is an unlikely prospect.
Despite this, Joshua and Wilder have continued to trade insults with one another.
In a recent interview with Sky Sports, AJ made it clear that there remains a bitter feud between the pair, with the former Olympic gold medallist mocking the ability of Wilder’s past opponents.
"I'm an elite level fighter, not one of the tomato cans he's knocked out.
"He better watch what he's saying because when the day comes for me and him, I know what I'm capable of doing.
"He ain't an elite level fighter."
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Joshua’s attack comes just days after Wilder fired his own insults at the current WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion in an interview with PBC.
“[Joshua] said: 'It's not about the man, it's about the person with the belt'.
"We are going to hold them to their word. My focus is definitely on Fury, but after that fight?
"I'm very confident in what I am going to do. I'm strongly confident in what I'm about to do. How the hell will they beat a full, healthy Deontay Wilder?
"Once I get through Fury, once I do that? You already know what I want. But, as I'm hearing, [Joshua and his team] are already making up excuses – mandatories!
"I want them to keep that same energy because they tried to make the Fury fight."
Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III is set to take place on July 24th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with the WBC and Ring Magazine heavyweight titles on the line.
The bout comes 17 months after Fury’s stunning seventh-round knockout of Wilder in their 2020 rematch. Neither man has competed since, and the Gypsy King will enter the clash as a heavy favourite.
The event is set to be a night full of heavyweight action, with a handful of other bouts already booked on the undercard. Most notably, Robert Helenius will face Adam Kownacki in their highly anticipated rematch.
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