Deontay Wilder has turned down Floyd Mayweather's approach to become his new trainer. Boxing's biggest star of the century offered to sharpen the tools of Wilder ahead of his proposed trilogy clash with Tyson Fury, which has now collapsed following the expiry of arranging the rematch.
The"Bronze Bomber" was soundly beaten by Fury in February and relinquished his WBC title in the process. Mayweather had confirmed his interest in working with Wilder, promising to "teach him how to win" against Fury if he added him to his corner after the American confirmed Mark Breland had been fired.
The Alabama fighter believes Mayweather's comments were not sincere and has declined the chance to work with him.
"My thing is, every fighter I've fought, Floyd has bet against me," Wilder told the Daily Mail.
"Even with Mark [Breland], I need [a trainer], Mark ain't on the team no more. Nobody had anything good to say about my trainers before, but all of a sudden, you need him.
"All this time, and all of a sudden now? Why? I don't need anybody. I've made it all this far. Why do I need to change up anything? Of course, we need to replace, and you're going to see what it is. But nobody has reached out to me.
"It's publicity. When I see people do that stuff, it's for publicity. But to the offer [from Mayweather], thank you, but no thank you. I don't feel any love from that man. Their actions don't show that.
"It's fake love to me, but they know that themselves. They can't look me in the eyes and tell me they care about me and want to see me do well.
"My water was tampered with"
"They can't look me in the eyes and be sincere about that because I would feel them. They can't do that because they know it's not real. It's not. It's for publicity."
Wilder has made some bizarre claims in recent weeks, claiming Fury had loaded his gloves with weights and even suggested his water had been spiked during the one-sided defeat at the MGM Grand, where Fury stopped him in seven rounds.
"I just start feeling weird. My water was spiked as if I took a muscle relaxer or something like that," Wilder told 78SPORTSTV.
"After a fight is over with and it don't go in your favour you're always looking for what happened.
"Certain things, the atmosphere just didn't seem right. It felt like something was about to go down, and not in my favour.
"It wasn't just the suit, my water was tampered with...
"This feeling here, it was a different feeling. It was like I had no control over my body, my legs was weak and stuff like that."
"He even had somebody on Fury's side to tell him, 'Throw the towel in, they got a rematch,'" Wilder added.
"Because I believe he was part of it. He was part of it. And, even more so, I think he's got something to do with my water as well too.
"He was the only one handling my water. He was the only one. I have strong sources."
Fury has moved on from the proposed bout and is set to face Agit Kabayel on December 5 despite calls from Hearn to face Dillian Whyte next.