Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury shared the spotlight on Monday as the pair of heavyweights made an appearance on ‘Good Morning Britain’.
The pair opened up a press push ahead of a three-city tour by filling a segment of popular live UK TV show.
Both fighters kept their cool for the majority of the interview with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid until Wilder was asked about Anthony Joshua.
Failing negotiations, details of which were filtered through contact with WBN by Shelly Finkel over the summer.
The end culminated in Joshua fighting and defeating Alexander Povetkin on September 22.
As a result, Wilder contacted Fury’s promoter Frank Warren and a deal was done in no time at all. In contrast, Wilder pointed out his wasted four months attempting to secure a clash with AJ.
Offering $50 million wasn’t enough to entice Joshua out of his comfort zone and over to the US. This is despite the unified king previously stating he’d accept the offer.
When asked about Fury, Wilder kept his cool exterior. But when Morgan and Reid mentioned Joshua, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ began a lengthy rant looking directly into the camera.
“Hey Joshua, me and Fury have got this thing going on to see who is the biggest and the baddest in the world. To see who is champion, one face, one name, something you was too coward to do,” said Wilder.
‘You was a coward, and you know this, your team knows this. Every last one of you saying things over again, you manipulated it, you conjured it. You are compulsive liars,” he added.
Fury, for the most part, was completely relaxed as he sat next to promoter Frank Warren.
“I’m giving him his little five minutes of fame on British TV. That’s why I’m not interrupting,” he said as Wilder made his speech.
Warren added of the encounter: “It’s two perfect styles, there are three best heavyweights in the world, take your pick. But these two are the only ones to have the guts to step up and fight each other. The best fighting the best.
‘The winner of this will be the best heavyweight in the world because you have the undefeated lineal champion against the 40-0 WBC champ,” he pointed out.
A Joshua undisputed blockbuster fully depends on Wilder fending off the challenge of Fury. Which is no mean feat as Fury is an undefeated former world ruler himself.
Should Fury come out on top, a rematch is already inserted into the contract, which could mean an extended wait for Joshua.
Wilder v Fury goes down on December 1 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The impending battle will see both headlining on the Showtime Pay-Per-View platform for the first time.