Deontay Wilder says he’s fully ready to trade blows with the division’s top star once he takes care of Luis Ortiz on Saturday night.
With the confidence of a seasoned champion, Wilder has accused Joshua of brushing off his advances as the American attempts to unify all the title belts on offer in 2018.
“I mean what I say, I mean what I feel and I’m ready for whoever. Anthony Joshua will barely even mention my name. Well, I’m here and I’m ready for him,” said Wilder.
“I am the best in the world. I’ve been saying it for years. Here is a big test. This is the fight that the fans have been waiting for. I’m going to pass this test (Ortiz) with flying colors.
“I don’t want anybody to change their prediction about me versus Joshua after what they see on Saturday night. I’m going to keep proving people wrong just like I’ve always done. I love proving people wrong.
“This is the fight game and everybody knows that you need to have confidence to be in it. I’ve had to fight all of my life because people said I wouldn’t amount to anything.
“Here I am standing tall, because of that confidence I have in myself and my abilities. I don’t believe any man can beat me. “I’m on a mission. There will be one champion, one face and one name. Deontay Wilder,” he added.
Victory over Ortiz, in many eyes and especially a KO, will be notified as Wilder’s greatest win but which some believe could have a knock-on effect for the Joshua fight.
Wilder impressively taking care of the Cuban could mean Joshua would attempt a further delay should the Londoner come through his own test against Joseph Parker on March 31.
Joshua is recognised as the best around following his win over Wladimir Klitschko, whilst Tyson Fury doesn’t seem any closer to announcing his comeback date.