Deontay Wilder lets slip he avoided a fight with Anthony Joshua

Deontay Wilder has inadvertently admitted he avoided a fight with Anthony Joshua.

Wilder and Joshua held all four belts between them until last summer but were never able to agree a deal to meet in the ring.

Joshua was then beaten by Andy Ruiz Jr last year before winning his belts back in their rematch.

Two months later however, Wilder was stopped in his rematch with Tyson Fury.

And as he slammed Fury for walking away from their proposed trilogy fight, Wilder revealed it was he who turned down an undisputed fight with Joshua.

“When you were going through your darkest time, I told you that if you got yourself together I would give you a title shot. Being a man of my word, I gave you the title shot,” he said.

“When that fight was a draw, I told you that I would give you a rematch. You know I was offered more money to fight Joshua than I was getting to fight you. Again being a man of my word, I fought you like I said I would.”

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn was quick to jump on Wilder’s comments.

“The truth always comes out, doesn't it?” he said.

“‘Tyson, you know I was offered more money to fight Joshua than you' – Hold on, I thought AJ ducked you? You have just, in one tweet, explained to the public exactly what happened."

Wilder has now been sidelined by Fury who will defend his world title in London on December 5.

A week later, Joshua will put his three belts on the line against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.

Should the two Brits emerge unscathed, they are expected to quickly agree terms to fight next year.

Whether they clash for the undisputed title depends on whether Oleksandr Usyk, who outpointed Derek Chisora on Saturday night, can be persuaded to delay his shot at Joshua’s WBO world title.

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