Deontay Wilder shut down any questions about Anthony Joshua as he prepares to take on Tyson Fury, warning his upcoming opponent that he has transformed into a killer.
The American had been in tentative discussions over a potential fight with WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Joshua, but the Brit was ordered to face Alexander Povetkin instead.
Now WBC champion Wilder is preparing to fight Fury in Los Angeles at the start of December and is giving little thought to Joshua despite being named as his preferred opponent for a fight at Wembley next April.
I dont have a message to Anthony Joshua, Wilder told reporters. Its all about Tyson Fury, and I dont want anyone to ask me about Anthony Joshua at all. He was a coward and thats that.
Fury has been training in the Californian mountains of Big Bear among bears and rattlesnakes, and Wilder had a chilling message for his 30-year-old opponent.
Tyson Fury doesnt know what hes gotten himself into, Wilder continued. He better be hugging, and wrestling, and kissing them [bears] as well too because hes definitely going to need a teddy bear in the hospital, for sure.
This is no game for me, I dont play this. This is not a game. I always told my baby, “Daddys coming home”. When you fight the Bronze Bomber, these guys know what theyre getting themselves into.
They can hear the stories, they can hear the tales all they want. But when you get in the ring and feel it, thats when – and only when – you know what youve been hearing, what youve been seeing, is real.
Theres nothing at all about him that concerns me, that scares me. You know, Im the best in the world. I dont think no other heavyweight has been through what Ive been through, to go through so many different calibres of fighters.