Tyson Fury handler Frank Warren has laid the blame of a Deontay Wilder undisputed unification collapse firmly at the feet of Anthony Joshua’s coach Robert McCracken.
Airing his opinion on the massive heavyweight bout falling apart last month in favour of Alexander Povetkin despite serious talks, Warren says it’s common knowledge among the sport that McCracken put a block on ‘AJ’ fighting Wilder.
McCracken was originally cited as giving Joshua advice not to fight in the United States despite a $50m offer from Wilder’s team, with a latest interview conducted with the long-time promoter going one further and revealing the former Team GB head was against the fight happening at all right now.
“It is a decent fight. Povetkin is an old campaigner, he will be dangerous for three or four rounds and then what normally happens in fights for him is he starts running out of gas,” Warren told IFL TV.
“I would have preferred to have seen him in with Wilder but obviously that wasn’t to be.”
On why talks broke down, Warren say’s it Joshua’s trainer who didn’t want the fight to go ahead at this moment in time.
“They don’t seem like they want it. 100 percent Matchroom don’t want it. Robert McCracken doesn’t want it and everybody knows it.
“I told you from the beginning when they were all talking about this fight. I said it months before that he will be fighting Povetkin and that’s how it turned out to be,” he added.
Warren becomes the latest in a long line stating the Wilder fight fell apart solely due to Joshua’s side of the coin, with the ‘Bronze Bomber’ desperate to pit his wits against his fellow world champion.
Joshua decided to take on his Russian mandatory challenger in the first of an event double at Wembley Stadium, and it may now take some persuading to get Wilder to agree to the same terms he did before after being messed around in negotiations.