Tony Bellew has blasted Deontay Wilder for linking Anthony Joshua with steroids in the aftermath of his crushing win over Bermane Stiverne.
Wilder took just under a round to demolish Stiverne in their November 4 rematch and obviously pumped up, the American made some rather unsavoury claims regarding his main rival.
Bellew, possibly in the frame for a fight against the WBC ruler himself after seeing a return with David Haye collapse, was not impressed with ‘The Bronze Bomber’ when Wilder spoke in his post-victory interview with Jim Gray of Showtime.
“It was disgusting that Wilder came out and insinuated Joshua is on steroids. He called him A ‘Juicing’ J. But, no one has picked up that,” stated Bellew (obviously missing WBN’s article immediately after he said it).
“Wilder should be made to pay heavily for that. Joshua has never failed a drug test in his life and he’s probably the most tested boxer in the world.
“Every time I speak to him, he’s getting tested. It brings the sport into disrepute when you label a fighter a cheat when he’s not.”
Speaking in his regular Metro column which can be found here, Bellew also pointe out it was unrealistic to think Joshua could fight all his main trio of contenders within a twelve month period.
“People need to stop saying Joshua could fight Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Joseph Pdarker in one year. That’s an unrealistic number of big fights for 12 months and Joshua knows that.
“That’s why he came out and said he wouldn’t be fighting all three of them in 2018.
“Joshua is the best athlete in world boxing and I suppose if anyone could do it, it’s him, but there’s no need for it.
“I know Anthony and I know him well, and he just wants to face everyone. But, he doesn’t have to do it all in 2018. He always steps up to plate, always delivers and I can’t see that changing,” added the 34 year-old.