Deontay Wilder says Anthony Joshua is straight-up DELUSIONAL if he thinks he holds the cards when it comes to negotiating their long-awaited super fight … saying AJ is now a “desperate” man.
Wilder couldn’t wait to fire back at Joshua after the British heavyweight told TMZ Sports that Wilder should “come see me” about putting a fight contract together.
“WE DID THAT 5 TIMES,” Wilder told us … “And, they denied me! So, I don’t want to hear him talking about ‘coming to see me’ because we came and saw you, ya’ll still ran!!!”
In other words, Wilder says he went to Joshua multiple times with various fight offers — including a $50 MILLION upfront check if AJ would agree to throw down. But, Wilder says his offers were rejected every time.
Now, Wilder says Joshua is desperately seeking a high-profile opponent — and has “nowhere to go” — essentially claiming Joshua has lost all negotiating power.
“Now you want me to come and see you? Nah. Now it’s on our terms. We’ll come and see you when we WANT to come and see you,” Wilder says.
Wilder says he’s sick of being the one who always has to make concessions — and says it’s Joshua who should be BEGGING him for the privilege of fighting him.
Meanwhile, Wilder says he’s got his sights set on Dominic Breazeale — they’re fighting on Saturday, May 18 at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn … and Deontay says it’s personal.
Back in Feb. 2017 — the two got into a major brawl at an Alabama hotel after fighting on the same card earlier that night.
Wilder says he felt incredibly disrespected by Dominic — and vows to make him pay for the incident when they step in the ring.
“When you make it personal for me, now I really want to hurt you,” Wilder said.
Anthony Joshua Calls Out Deontay Wilder, Fight Me Already!
Anthony Joshua is turning up the heat on Deontay Wilder — telling TMZ Sports he wants a crack at the Bronze Bomber ASAP … and inviting the boxing superstar to “come see me.”
Joshua and Wilder have been trading verbal jabs for years but have never been able to come to terms on a fight contract. A Joshua vs. Wilder matchup could be one of the biggest fights in PPV history.
Anthony invited us onto his tricked out sprinter van in NYC moments ago … and walked us through his fight plans — including some tough talk for Deontay.
Long story short … Joshua says he wants to unify the heavyweight titles — and since Wilder is the reigning WBC heavyweight champ, he wants to fight Deontay as soon as possible to get that belt.
“If he’s ready and wants to prove he’s the best in the world, [Wilder] can come see me,” Joshua says.
Wilder is slated to fight Dominic Breazeale on May 18 — and if he gets through D.B., he’s got options … including a rematch with Tyson Fury.
As for Joshua, he’ll be fighting 29-year-old Andy Ruiz on June 1 — after his original opponent, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, tested positive for a bunch of banned substances.
But, Joshua says he ain’t holding a grudge — he hopes Miller can turn his life around and get right.
In the meantime, Joshua says he ain’t taking Ruiz lightly — despite the fact most people don’t know who he is.
Ruiz is 32-1 as a pro — and Joshua says he will NOT make the mistake of underestimating his opponent …. especially with the heavyweight title on the line.