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Anthony Joshua has dismissed the threat of Deontay Wilder after the American claimed he would knock out the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion in ‘devastating fashion’. Wilder will face Tyson Fury for a third time in Las Vegas on July 24.
“Most definitely, hands down [I want the Joshua fight],” Wilder said. “Without no excuses, no mandatories, nothing in the way. As I see, they already making up excuses. They already got a mandatory planned ahead. No one really wants to fight someone like me, and I don’t blame them.”
Responding to Wilder’s comments, Joshua vowed to expose the American if they ever share a ring and said he ‘isn’t an elite-level fighter’.
He told Sky Sports: “He isn’t an elite-level fighter, in my opinion. He’s good. It’s the heavyweights, so they always know one punch can change the course of a fight.
“But I’ve never, ever seen in the heavyweight division a fighter going to war with just one weapon, which is what they say is his right hand. When you get to the top level? Trust me, that don’t last anymore. That don’t work.
“As we’ve seen now with certain fights of elite-level fighters, he struggles at the top level, and there’s a lot more of us waiting for that opportunity as well to kick his ass.”