ANTHONY JOSHUA says Deontay Wilder is a “b****” and claims he is “more of a man” than the ex-WBC heavyweight champion.
The American blasted the Brit as not a “true champion” and told his career “consisted of lies, contradictions and gifts” following his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr last June.
AJ regained his heavyweight titles by beating the Mexican in their December rematch, while Wilder lost his WBC belt to Tyson Fury in his first-ever defeat two months later.
Joshua, 30, spoke with SI Boxing’s Chris Mannix earlier this week, and he was asked whether he felt tempted to reply with some trash talk of his own after the Bronze Bomber’s loss to the Gypsy King.
He replied: “Oh yeah, oh yeah. I went into my drawer and pulled out my long list of things to say, I’ve got a lot of things to say about Wilder.
“But you don’t knock a man when he’s down, also. And that was at the top of the list. I have to stand by those principles.
“But for sure, I think me and Wilder, as I say, are cut from a different cloth. He’s what we call… it begins with a ‘b’ and ends with a ‘h’. I’m not like that, I’m more of a man.”
Joshua continued: “I don’t really get on the internet talking crap. The only times you’ve seen me talking recklessly is against Dillian Whyte and Jarrell Miller.
“Other than that I’m an ambassador of the sport. I’m trying to be clean, representing my sponsorships, represent DAZN properly, I try to stay away from the typical stereotype of a heavyweight boxer.
“It’s difficult but I have it in me to fire up and talk recklessly when needed.”
Wilder has invoked his rematch clause to set-up a third fight with Fury.
When asked if the US boxer can overcome the Englishman this time, AJ said: “I never write off any heavyweight because they say all it takes it one punch.
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“I think Wilder believes that himself, he said, ‘you know, you’ve got to be perfect for 12 rounds, I’ve just got to be perfect for one second’. He believed the hype.
“In my opinion, yeah, I think that Fury will go in there and win again.
“But as I said, it’s so true, all you have to do is catch them with one shot and the tables can turn quickly, so good luck to them both and we’ll see what happens when this is all done.”
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