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Alla Zakarian

02-05-2019 | 19:38 Boxing
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Anthony Joshua slams Deontay Wilder “starving fans” of fight

Deontay Wilder’s promoter Shelly Finkel revealed they do not plan to fight with Anthony Joshua until 2020 at the earliest and now Joshua slams Wilder for that. Wilder, who failed to negotiate a fight with Joshua last year, will defend his belts against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale on May 18 and then expected to take on Luis Ortiz and Adam Kownacki later this year. Joshua will face Andy Ruiz at Madison Square Garden on June 1 after he was confirmed as a replacement for Jarrell Miller. "It's a fan sport isn't it?" Joshua told Sporting News . "Wilder's just starving the fans from an undisputed heavyweight championship fight. Wilder has smart people around him, he must know what he's doing or be saying it to try and throw me off, who knows? "He might want the fight next, but I don't see why he would want to wait until 2020, because 2020 turns into 2021, you know what I mean? We need to get these negotiations on the way now in the background, I'll focus on my fight, but he's got people representing him, I've got people representing that can have these conversations so we can have the fight in 2019. "I don't know why he must wait so long. I can't control the division, I think people assume that we were the ones that are dodging people, they did a great campaign to make a name off the back of our success on this side of the pond and with all that talking and hearsay, none of them have stepped up to fight. So, what can I say, talk is cheap."

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