Speaking to William Hill and Oddschecker ahead of his fight with Tyson Fury on Saturday, Deontay Wilder spoke about the ongoing ‘will he, won’t he?’ with Anthony Joshua.
The 40-0 puncher is clear about his desire to face the Brit, insisting that holding all of the available titles in the heavyweight division remains his ultimate aim.
He said, “My goal is what I’ve always set out to do – it’s to unify.”
Reports earlier this year suggested that Wilder, the WBC champion, was in talks about a multi-million-pound unification bout with the current holder of the other major titles. But there have since been rumours of the contrary from AJ and manager Eddie Hearn.
Joshua was instead forced by the WBA to face mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in September. AJ defeated the Russian by knockout in the seventh round of the bout at Wembley.
Since then, Hearn has been forced to wait until after Wilder v Fury to open talks.
Wilder no longer seems in a rush to face Joshua after stating he was messed around too much the first time.
When asked whether Joshua and his team were ‘buying time’ before facing him, the Bronze Bomber replied, “Of course they’ve been doing that. Look at all his team has been saying, even Barry Hearn [Eddie?] they’ve already said enough.
“If you’re a fan of his then of course you’re not going to want to see it because you want to continue to feel like you’re at the top.
“People can feel whatever they want. If they want to live through something then who am I to say not to? It’ll happen when it’s time.
“We all know they don’t want this fight or it would’ve happened. It would’ve happened, it’s plain and simple. Just like with me and Fury.
Wilder contrasted the futile talks with AJ’s entourage with the direct and positive discussions he enjoyed with Tyson Fury himself.
He praised Fury, saying: “This fight didn’t happen because we got together with our managers and promoters. This fight happened because of me and him having a discussion.
“Talking about it and being serious with each other. When you have a strong backing as a champion they’re gonna do what you want, not what they want, or what they feel is best for you.
“They can say what they think is best for you but at the end of the day you have the final say.”
Deontay Wilder faces Tyson Fury at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday.