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Joshua Avoided Fighting Me – Wilder

Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Deontay Wilder, has said Anthony Joshua avoided a fight with him when he wanted a unification bout.

Wilder made this known when he spoke with ESNEWS on a gold course about the fight between Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk.

“Of course I watched it (Joshua vs. Usyk),” Wilder told ESNEWS. “I mean Joshua did exactly what we expected him to do, to be cautious and run out of gas. He has a serious stamina problem, a serious stamina problem. We knew that he would be very cautious because of what happened before. As you see he was very cautious of throwing punches and different things like that. That best man (Usyk) won that night.

“I think Fury is too big for him. One thing he got going for him is just his size. I look at that fight like a Cunningham, somebody that dominates him, but then when he gets tired he looks to lean on him. Anything’s possible, you can’t look past Usyk, his skill and ability to manoeuvre around the ring as well so anything can happen. Anything can happen in the business of boxing.”

He also lamented that he was toyed with for months by that Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn.

He said he saw why they avoided him after Joshua lost to Andy Ruiz by stoppage and was outboxed by Oleksandr Usyk twice.

“That’s why they didn’t make the fight before,” Wilder said. “I mean that is the reason they took me on a six-month rollercoaster because they did everything to avoid the fight. They did not want to fight me and these are the results and the reason, we are seeing it fast forward years later. I hate talking about those guys. These promoters, managers, they put a bad taste in my mouth every time because they get in the way of big fights from happening.”

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