Deontay Wilder: Anthony Joshua needs to stop making 'excuses' over mandatories

"We are going to hold them to their word. I'm very confident in what I am going to do. I'm strongly confident in what I'm about to do."

Deontay Wilder is determined to face Anthony Joshua and warned the heavyweight champion to stop making 'excuses'.

The "Bronze Bomber" will mark his return to the ring against Tyson Fury and is looking to become a two-time WBC heavyweight champion.

Wilder made 10 defences of the green-and-gold belt and defeated the likes of Luis Ortiz, Bermane Stiverne and a draw against Fury in their first encounter.

They will collide on July 24 and the winner is likely to face either Anthony Joshua or Oleksandr Usyk.

Wilder suffered a first career defeat to the "Gypsy King" last February but now has the chance to ruin a historic undisputed showdown between Fury and Joshua.

The American previously held negotiations with Joshua about fighting for all of the belts only for talks to stall. Wilder, 35, was offered a three-fight, nine-figure deal to fight on DAZN - which included a two-fight deal to face Joshua, only to reject it.

Anyways, let's avoid any talk of two-fight deals as they never seem to end well...

"[He] said: 'It's not about the man, it's about the person with the belt,'" Wilder said in a PBC interview.

"We are going to hold them to their word. I'm very confident in what I am going to do. I'm strongly confident in what I'm about to do.

"How the hell will they beat a full, healthy Deontay Wilder?

"Once I get through Fury, once I do that? You already know what I want.

"But, as I'm hearing, [Joshua and his team] are already making up excuses - mandatories!

"I want them to keep that same energy because they tried to make the Fury fight."

"My mind is very violent," Wilder said ahead of facing Fury for a third time.

"Their best chance was earlier - July or October [2020]. They have allowed me to heal up.

"At this point in time, I'm very dangerous.

"The most dangerous person to be around is the one who has nothing to lose."

Difficult to return to the top

Reflecting on Wilder's defeat to Fury, Joshua offered his support to the Alabama heavyweight but expressed concerns as to whether he could be successful again.

"Wilder is a formidable ex-champion and has a chance to come back, but I just knew that when he gets to the top level, it will be difficult, because it's one thing getting there and it's another thing staying there.

"We've seen in some of his fights, it's been difficult for him and then he lands his punch and he's been victorious, but I always believe that when you go to war, you can't have one weapon in your arsenal, which was his right hand.

"Once that was taken away from him, which Tyson Fury did, I'm not going to go into tactics, but he was able to annihilate Deontay Wilder and expose him for some of his weaknesses."

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