Deontay Wilder says Anthony Joshua is a nobody in America, and must fight him stateside if he’s to become a global superstar.
This comes after Nigerian-born Joshua, 28, hinted he does not need to fight in the USA for affirmation since British boxing is on the bounce.
But ahead of Wilder’s WBC heavyweight defence against Luis Ortiz in New York on March 3, the blustery American has urged “fake” AJ to fight him in his American homeland in order for both of them to make history, Sun writes.
“He may have his country behind him — and that’s it,” Wilder, 32, said.
“Does he want to be remembered as a countrywide champion? Because he’s not worldwide champion.
“Over here in America they don’t even know his name. They just know him as a big guy from England. That’s fact!
“I need him and he needs me at the end of the day — unless he just does not want to unify.
“Unless he wants to stay over his side of the pond and let people gravitate to him and be a fake sign of what he says he is.
“But then he will never be a global icon. You will never be a worldwide figure without me.”
Wilder, who brutally took out Bermane Stervane in the first round in his last heavyweight defence, describes himself as the ‘greatest in the port’.
“I’m the most exciting, most entertaining fighter in the heavyweight division. Nobody in the heavyweight division is doing what I am doing. Nobody in history is doing what I am doing,” he mouthed.
Joshua will take on WBO world champion Joseph Parker on March 31 in Cardiff to set up a winner-takes-all unification fight with Wilder.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ however believes AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn is avoiding talks over thrashing out a big-money fight deal having previously accused him of using stalling tactics.
“Everybody wants to see the fight. The only people that don’t are his promoters.
“They already know how big of a risk this really is.
“They should be worried but how long do they really think the public, the fans of boxing, are going to allow them to stay away from me?
“This is the biggest fight in our era.”
Meanwhile, Joshua once warned he would ‘have Wilder for dinner’…so he may wanna ease up on the trash talk. Just saying