Deontay Wilder on Why He Won’t Be Ringside for Joshua-Parker

By Caryn A. Tate on March 29, 2018
Deontay Wilder on Why He Won’t Be Ringside for Joshua-Parker
“I wanted to see him face-to-face, eye to eye, man-to-man.” (SN Graphics/Getty Images)

Wilder discussed why he won’t be ringside for the title unification bout between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker this Saturday in Cardiff, Wales…

Today I spoke with WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder by phone, who discussed why he won’t be ringside for the title unification bout between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker this Saturday in Cardiff, Wales. Originally, Wilder was going to take part in the Sky Sports broadcast in an effort to build up a potential match between himself and the winner of Joshua-Parker. Recently, Joshua has stated that he doesn’t want Wilder in the ring after this weekend’s bout.

“Sky Sports contacted me to do the commentary, and I told them I would do it under one [condition]: that I was able to get in the ring after the fight was over to confront Joshua face-to-face,” Deontay explained. “I wanted to see him face-to-face, eye to eye, man-to-man. They said it would be no problem.

“Then a few days later I get a call from my manager saying this is not gonna be possible. It was a team decision not to go.”

Wilder lamented the situation being created by Joshua and his promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing. “I just don’t understand this childish stuff that’s going on,” Deontay said. “They say so many different things—it’s like they’re trying to put me in a maze. And I’m the only one that’s in the maze. Everybody else just gets a straight line to the door. I gotta go through the maze.”

The bottom line, according to Wilder: “We’re not gonna be sitting around here looking like we’re chasing no one. Nothing like that. Or he get the rest of the belts and try to look down on me like I’m lesser or something. We’re not gonna have that.”

Deontay openly discussed his thoughts on the delay of the Joshua unification, as well as establishing his legacy and trying to prove he’s the best in the heavyweight division. “It’s sad. Because this is boxing, and the heavyweight division was once down and now it’s back up at an all-time high and they’re trying to bring it back down by fighting these lesser opponents and not fighting the best. That’s why I fought Ortiz—so I could prove I’m the best. It was big risk, small reward, but it was big for boxing. Boxing won that night.

“You know that’s what I want to be remembered as. [Team Joshua] talks about money so much because this is what they’re trying to do. This is the business—trying to gyp British people out of their money. Soon they’re gonna wake up. They’re gonna realize it and demand he fight somebody, while I’m gonna be cleaning up the rest of the division. I can go for a world high record. Maybe I’ll come across that 50-0 record, with 49 KOs. That’s what we’re on.”

Since Joshua made it clear he isn’t in a hurry to face Wilder, Eddie Hearn has mentioned in the media that another Matchroom fighter, Dillian Whyte, should get a shot at Deontay instead of unified champion Joshua. To that, Wilder responded, “Eddie got his other fighter, trying to make a fight. Well, we’re not interested. We don’t want that. Nobody want that.”

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  1. Mike from Brooklyn 01:12pm, 03/31/2018

    Hey Ollie Downtown Brown,
    I thought I was the only guy who remembered Lamar Clark, not that I ever actually saw him fight.  My recall is that he had 22 straight KO’S before he fought Clay, but I accept your memory over mine.  I believe he beat George Foreman to the punch and KO’D 4 guys in one night before the then young George did.
    So that’s 3 guys, you, me and my pal Ralph who remember Lamar Clark.
    I’m gonna go look him up on Wikipedia to see what they have on him.

    Fight fans forever,
    Mike from Brooklyn


  2. Lucas McCain 03:58pm, 03/29/2018

    It’s time for the showdown, but I’m not sorry Deontay won’t be at ringside for this one.  He’s a graduate of the Shannon Briggs school of over-acting.  Hype loses interest fast.

    As for Parker, I’ve only seen him a couple of times and he seems adequate but nothing special:  decent punching, decent speed, but not world class.  I could be wrong, but I don’t see him giving Joshua much trouble, unless AJ makes stupid mistakes or tries to ramp up the drama.

  3. Balaamsass 07:27am, 03/29/2018

    If Parker hit as hard as Tua this fight would be pick’em…then again if that was the case this fight would not be happening!

  4. dor b gadi 07:07pm, 03/28/2018

    a lot of thrash talk…..go fight men….. whatever is on the table…. boxer are subject to fight because we fans are craving for a good fight.

  5. Ollie Downtown Brown 04:32pm, 03/28/2018

    Gaudy records are often deceiving. Lamar Clark, a knockout victim of a young Cassius Clay, ran off 44 straight KO’s, a record that I believe still exists today. Never mind that more than half of his opponents were making their pro debuts.  One of Clark’s opponents was none other than, Tony Burton, who would go on to gain fame as Apollo Creed’s trainer, Tony “Duke” Evers in the “Rocky” films.

    I would guess that Wilder’s record is deceiving as well. While he’s fought better opposition than Clark, Wilder’s list of opponents don’t rank alongside names like Liston, Frazier, and Foreman. And Tony Burton was a pretty damn good athlete, a Golden Gloves boxer, a solid halfback and pitcher in high school. Certainly better than Wilder victim, Charlie Zelenoff, better known as Charlie Z.

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