WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder believes division rival Anthony Joshua is being ‘milked for every dollar’ by promoter Eddie Hearn.
Wilder who has a record of 40-0, with 39 KO’s, made the comments earlier this month ahead of his successful title defence against Luis Ortiz.
Briton Joshua, who is world heavyweight WBA and IBF champion, will take on WBO champion Joseph Parker in a title unification belt in Cardiff on March 31st.
Speaking to the BBC, Wilder said:
“I don’t believe Hearn wants this fight at all. Joshua is like a cow, Eddie Hearn is milking him for every dollar.
‘Hearn knows I’m a dangerous factor to his operation. There have been no negotiations at all, no deal has been offered. But the world wants to see me and Joshua get in the ring.
‘I don’t think Joshua has enough confidence in himself to fight me.”
The winner of the Parker/Joshua matchup is expected to face Wilder in a heavyweight unification fight at some stage later this year.
Speaking in late 2017 of a possible bout between Wilder and Joshua, Eddie Hearn said the following.
“We want the fight. The Wilder fight will happen in 2018 unquestionably. It’s just a case of whether it’s next, in the summer and, importantly, where.”
After years of a lull due to a lack of credible contenders, the heavyweight division is experiencing a golden age not seen since the days of Ali, Frazier and Foreman. This is due to the emergence of fighters like the aforementioned Joshua, Parker, Wilder and Ortiz as well as the returning Tyson Fury, with whom Joshua has a running feud.
Following Wilder’s successful defence against Ortiz, it’s clear he only has eyes for Anthony Joshua as he looks to establish himself as one of the great heavyweights of this era.