Deontay Wilder says he’s 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 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 ready for him,” Wilder said.
“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.
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“I don’t want anybody to change their prediction about me versus Joshua after what they see on Saturday night. But I will keep proving people wrong, just like I’ve always done. I love proving people wrong.
“This is the fight game; everybody knows you need the 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 my confidence 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.
In many eyes, especially a KO, victory over Ortiz will be notified as Wilder’s most significant win. Still, some believe it could have a knock-on effect on the Joshua fight.
Wilder impressively taking care of the Cuban could mean Joshua would attempt a further delay should the Londoner come through his test against Joseph Parker on March 31.
Joshua is recognized as the best following his win over Wladimir Klitschko, while Tyson Fury doesn’t seem any closer to announcing his comeback date.