WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has poured cold water on the recently announced Anthony Joshua v Jarrell Miller fight.
Arch-rival Joshua confirmed his desire to fight stateside against Miller this week. Upon hearing the news, Wilder made his feelings clear.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ believes AJ needed to take on someone with a US TV profile and sees Miller’s reputation as anything but.
“Jarrell is still an unknown fighter here in America. Jarrell is from Brooklyn and stuff like that, but they don’t even know him in his own city,” Wilder told Talk Sport.
“He’s not a name that’s been developed in the market here so for me I don’t think it’s gonna be a great look for him because even Anthony’s not that known here in America.”
Going over the reasons why he ignored advances from Joshua over an undisputed battle, Wilder added: “The people that do know, they know about $50 million. They know about the story of the $15 million flat. (So) they know why the fight is not happening. So I don’t think they’re gonna accept it very well, but we’re gonna see.”
WBN was part of the process last summer, gaining inside knowledge of negotiations.
Wilder (📸 Esther Lin) had been happy to sign on the dotted line until the goalposts were moved unexpectedly. A rematch clause was taken away on Wilder’s side and for a draw. Ultimately, it was the straw which broke the camel’s back.
Co-manager Shelly Finkel had also wanted Joshua’s signature on two key points, which included the rematch. The paperwork came back without completion of the points and was only signed by Eddie Hearn.
This came after weeks of back and forth tit-for-tat talks. In the end, too much time was spent meandering and Wilder turned to Tyson Fury.
As Wilder prepares for a rematch with Fury, the 33 year-old concluded by giving his view on the reception Joshua v Miller will get in his home country.
“I don’t think they’re gonna get the outcome that they’re expecting is gonna happen. I know they’re expecting the English to come over and support it big, but it shouldn’t be that way.
“If he done the right thing and accepted the fight, and say he’s coming over to fight Deontay Wilder. The outcome would be crazy,” he added.