Wilder says his ‘sta­tus’ is not built on Joshua ri­valry

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Deon­tay Wilder in­sists his sta­tus as a world-class heavy­weight has noth­ing to do with his ri­valry with An­thony Joshua.

Wilder and Joshua col­lec­tively hold ev­ery ma­jor belt in the heavy­weight divi­sion, but ne­go­ti­a­tions broke down ear­lier this year over a po­ten­tial uni­fi­ca­tion bout.

Joshua says he wants to face, if the un­beaten Amer­i­can suc­cess­fully de­fends his WBC belt against Tyson Fury on De­cem­ber 1, but the ‘Bronze Bomber’ in­sists he is not pay­ing at­ten­tion to the Bri­ton’s com­ments.

“I haven’t seen any videos or any­thing like that. What­ever them guys are do­ing, let them do it,” said Wilder.

“We’re not fo­cused on them, we’re not even con­cerned about them. When was the last time we even said any­thing about them?

“I don’t need him to bring sta­tus to me. My sta­tus came to me be­cause I knock peo­ple out, not be­cause of an­other man.”

Wilder in­sists he only fo­cus is on beat­ing Fury, who has fought just twice since re­turn­ing to box­ing in 2018 af­ter a two-and-a-half year ab­sence, which in­cluded a twoyear ban from UK Anti-Dop­ing.

How­ever, Wilder is not un­der­es­ti­mat­ing the ‘Gypsy King’, who de­feated Wladimir Kl­itschko on points to win the WBA (Su­per), IBF and WBO heavy­weight ti­tles in 2015.

“He was the one to ob­tain all the belts, he was the one that beat Kl­itschko, he is the man that beat the man,” said Wilder.

“We’re look­ing at him as that. He may not have all the ti­tles, but he is still con­sid­ered the lin­eal cham­pion of the world.

“If he wasn’t fight­ing me peo­ple wouldn’t be talk­ing about if he needs an­other warm-up, if he’s ready and stuff like that. Peo­ple are hes­i­tant and want to com­plain be­cause it’s me.”

Deon­tay Wilder

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