Anthony Joshua has reacted to Deontay Wilder’s astonishing attack on Tyson Fury and believes the American heavyweight has inadvertently revealed ‘the truth’ about the offer AJ’s camp made to him.
Wilder is livid that WBC champion Fury has backed away from their trilogy fight after a string of delays, claiming the Gypsy King cheated in the both their previous bouts, and has demanded he honour their contract for a third fight.
Writing on social media, Wilder said: ‘I told you that I would give you a rematch. You know I was offered more money to fight Joshua than I was getting to fight you. Being a man of my word, I fought you like I said I would.’
For a long time the Bronze Bomber had claimed he never received an offer from Joshua, even suggesting the three-belt champ was scared to face him, but his latest comments have vindicated AJ’s stance that it was Wilder who stopped the fight from happening.
‘It makes the ultimate sense,’ Joshua told Sky Sports News when asked about Wilder’s recent comments.
‘It’s hard because at the time when people are talking and you see lots of media stuff, you start to believe what that person is saying.
‘When time goes by, naturally the truth will always reveal itself.
‘I get a lot of stick but I take it with a pinch of salt.
‘He admitted it. We made him a lucrative offer but he wanted to face Fury. So be it. If that’s what he wanted to do, fine.
‘But he dragged my name through the mud.
‘While Wilder was trying to make me look like a bad person, that I didn’t want to enhance the sport, or fight certain fighters, I just had to roll with the punches.
‘He has come out and said it himself. We offered him a really good deal but he wanted to fight Fury.
‘People can take it how they want, and see what the truth is now.’
Wilder lost his WBC title when he fought Fury for a second time and looks set to be denied a shot at redemption, with Fury seeking an alternative opponent in December, while Joshua will defend his own belts against Kubrat Pulev.
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