EXCLUSIVE: Deontay Wilder’s brother Marsellos airs views on Anthony Joshua situation
Ahead of his cruiserweight debut this Friday night, Marsellos Wilder has had his say on the current saga involving his brother – WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, and four title-holding rival Anthony Joshua.
Wilder, three years younger than Deontay at 29, is dipping his own toes into the professional ranks after watching his elder sibling tear through the higher division, stopping every single opponent of the 39 faced.
Deontay is now attempting to put all the championships on the line in the top weight-class for the first time in two decades after placing at $50 million offer on the table for Joshua to battle him on US soil.
Joshua, who either fights in London and Cardiff in his homeland, has turned down the considerable paycheck in order to have full control of the bout alongside his manager Robert McCracken and promoter Eddie Hearn.
Giving his views on the current stalemate between both sides, Marsellos says Deontay would fight Joshua anywhere, provided he’s offered a purse worthy of a fellow world champion.
“I feel the situation is corny,” Marsellos exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Here you have the heavyweight Division booming at its highest level and two undefeated knockout artists fighting for all the belts. Plus, you got 50 million dollars on the table.
“There’s one champ who definitely wants it and the other champ who seems unsure, but the whole world is asking for this fight.
“The one thing I know for certain is that Deontay will fight on another planet if it’s safe and they are paying the champ a fair deal and what he deserves.
“I think Joshua probably wants to take the fight but his handlers don’t. They know it’s a huge risk against Deontay as he’s a massive puncher.”
Asked whether Deontay may be ready to walk away from negotiations, Marsellos added: “I don’t want to see Deontay fight nobody but Anthony Joshua, period.
“Deontay one hundred percent wants this fight next, he wants to fight the best of the best and unify,” he pointed out.
Sparring numerous rounds with Deontay in preparation for his own run in the paid ranks, Marsellos is tipped for big things following an admission from his famous brother that they both possess the same huge power.
Jayln Anthony will get the chance to test that theory this Friday night when Marsellos gets under the bright lights for the first time at Tuscaloosa Rivermarket in his hometown.
Regarding the Deontay situation, only time will tell if the fans will get the fight they deserve.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay