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Deontay Wilder Accuses Anthony Joshua of Avoiding Him and Says £100m Clash is Still On Despite Joseph Parker Loss

, Deontay Wilder Accuses Anthony Joshua of Avoiding Him and Says £100m Clash is Still On Despite Joseph Parker Loss

Deontay Wilder has called out Anthony Joshua, accusing him of dodging their highly anticipated fight. The two former heavyweight champions were set to face off on March 9, provided they both emerged victorious from their respective fights on Saturday night. While Joshua, 34, did his part by convincingly defeating Otto Wallin, Wilder, 38, suffered a shocking loss to Joseph Parker, throwing their bout into disarray. Despite the setback, Wilder is still determined to face Joshua and claims that the fight can still happen.

Wilder Accuses Joshua of Ducking Him

Wilder has expressed his frustration with Joshua, suggesting that he doesn't want to fight him. In an interview with 78SPORTSTV, Wilder highlighted Joshua's apparent happiness following his defeat, saying, "They really don’t want that fight. When I lost, did you see how happy he was coming out? He was like, ‘I ain’t gotta fight Wilder’. The rumour was he was talking about retiring if I won… March 9th, the fight still can go on. But this is a perfect way for them to get out."

Wilder Reflects on His Loss

Despite his disappointment, Wilder acknowledged that his inactivity played a role in his defeat. He believes he is a superior fighter to Parker and feels that certain missed opportunities cost him the victory. Wilder said, "My timing was off because of inactivity. I’m disappointed because I know I’m a way better fighter than him. I hurt him a few times, but certain shots I didn’t take. It was hesitation and I couldn’t understand why… He has no business beating me at all, not even on a magnificent day for him. He didn’t do nothing, neither of us really did anything."

Joshua's Future Plans

Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua is already looking ahead to his next challenge. He aims to become a three-time world champion on March 9 and will be in attendance for the Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk fight in Saudi Arabia on February 17. The winner of that bout will be ordered by the IBF to face mandatory challenger Filip Hrgovic. Joshua expressed his preference for fighting for the heavyweight championship, stating, "If it’s a fight for the heavyweight championship of the world or fight a big-name opponent, I will always choose the former because that’s the creme de la creme. It’s the most prestigious title you can win."

, Deontay Wilder Accuses Anthony Joshua of Avoiding Him and Says £100m Clash is Still On Despite Joseph Parker Loss

Joshua is excited about the Fury vs Usyk fight, calling it iconic. He believes that once that fight is over, the heavyweight division will open up again, allowing him to pursue his goal of becoming a champion.

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