Anthony Joshua says he’s “not surprised” by Deontay Wilder’s excuses for the first loss of his career, amid his rival’s admission he ducked a fight against him.
Negotiations over a world heavyweight unification fight between the two stars failed to bear fruit, with Wilder instead opting to fight Tyson Fury.
Joshua has persistently accused Wilder of dodging a showdown with him, and feels the Bronze Bomber’s latest tweet confirms it.
Wilder sent a tweet to Fury reading: “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.”
IBF, WBA and WBO champion boxer feels Wilder’s post has drawn a line under that issue, and questioned whether the American would eventually accept his one-sided loss to Fury.
Quizzed on Wilder’s reaction to the defeat, Joshua told Sky Sports : “I’m not surprised.
“He is trying to express how he feels to the world. He has left it to us, the masses, to interpret it how we feel is best.
“How he feels today might change in a year or two years due to experiences or more understanding of the situation that he has gone through.
“He was knocking everybody out and got used to a winning performance. He took a loss and isn’t used to it.
“As time goes on, he may express himself differently.
“Today? In my humble opinion it isn’t coming across in the right way.”
Wilder has pointed the blame at a number of factors for the seventh-round stoppage in their February rematch, ranging from the weight of his walk-in costume to claims Fury’s gloves had been tampered with.
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But while Wilder is failing to accept his defeat graciously, Joshua is pleased that he’s finally been open about their failed match-up.
“The positive out of it? He told the world that he ducked and dodged me,” Joshua said.
“We offered him a fight for the undisputed championship of the world and he went down the route of fighting Fury.
“I’m glad we can clear that up and move on.
“As time goes on, it will all come to fruition and make sense.”