In what could pass for counting his chickens before they are hatched or better still jumping the guns, American boxer Deontay Wilder has hauled pebbles at Nigeria born British boxer Anthony Joshua, describing him as a coward.
Wilder who has been the WBC heavyweight title since 2015, is billed to take on Tyson Fury in a blockbuster showdown on December 1, and the winner of the clash is expected to challenge Anthony Joshua next. But it appears that is not even thinking of the possibility of losing to Fury as he already has an eye on a fight to the finish encounter with the Nigeria/British pugilist who is current world heavyweight champion with the IBF, WBA and WBO titles in his kitty.
Wilder who has dispatched a warning to Fury informing his opponent that he has transformed from a mere boxer to a “Killer” appears to be underrating both Fury and Anthony Joshua in his submission at the Churchill Boxing Club in California on Tuesday.
He said: ‘I’m feeling wonderful. My mindset has changed, my body has changed, I feel like a killer. I’m transformed into a killer.’
He added: ‘I don’t have a message to Anthony Joshua, it’s all about Tyson Fury.
‘I don’t want anyone to ask me about Anthony Joshua. He was a coward and that’s that.’
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The 33 year old has intensified preparations for his hardest test to date in the professional ranks believes he will reap the rewards of a hard training camp come fight night.
Although the Wilder versus Joshua remains a probability, a look at the statistics of both men indicates that they have recorded only wins and no losses. While Joshua has had 22 fights winning all 22, 21 by knockouts, Wilder has had 40 fights winning all with 39 by knockout