Deontay Wilder not surprised by Anthony Joshua defeat and backs Usyk in rematch

Wilder has revealed he was unsurprised by Joshua’s defeat to Usyk, and believes that Usyk will be even faster and outbox the Briton in any rematch next year

Deontay Wilder has revealed he wasn’t surprised by Anthony Joshua’s defeat to Oleksandr Usyk and believes he will meet the same fate in the rematch.

The ‘Bronze Bomber’ is set to face his own quest at redemption when he faces Tyson Fury for the third time this weekend.

And Joshua was set to face Fury, before Wilder enforced his contractual agreement to a trilogy with the ‘Gypsy King’.

But now it looks unlikely after ‘AJ’s’ defeat to Usyk, which Wilder was expecting and is confident Usyk will recreate the scenario in the rematch.

“I wasn’t at all surprised, Malik always talks about Usyk and how skilful he is,” Wilder told BT Sport Boxing. “Especially coming from a cruiserweight and styles make fights but he has definitely made fights.

Anthony Joshua was defeated by Oleskandr Usyk this month losing his world titles


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“He had his struggles with Witherspoon and Chisora, but as I said style makes fights. And with Joshua he (Usyk) just had his number and I think he will have his number again the next time round.

“Usyk said he is going to be even faster and I believe he is going to be even faster, but who knows it is boxing at the end of the day we don’t know what happens until it is the time for it to happen.”

Wilder himself is very confident of delivering redemption against Fury this Saturday night, despite the emphatic nature of his defeat last time out.

But he has given several bizarre reasons for his defeat, including an object in Fury’s gloves and water-tampering from his former coach.

Although now he is more focussed than ever, and believes his power is going to be on display once again this time out against Fury.

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“I didn’t go to the measurements of that,” Wilder said when asked why he wouldn’t pursue an investigation into what would be one of the grandest conspiracies in the history of sport.

“I want it back in blood, and that’s up to me so come October 9 I will get my revenge. You’ve seen the shirts we had made; an eye for an eye, and that’s what I’m looking forward to.

“I can’t worry about what’s going to go on with that side, we hired some people to do that job and we’re expecting them to do that job.

“My job is to get in the ring and put on a great performance and do what we have set out in our plan, that’s all I’m focussing on, I’m going to leave that job to them and focus on myself.”

Joshua was set to face Wilder’s opponent Fury, but any undisputed British showdown now appears unlikely with Joshua facing a revenge mission first.

And Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has also cast further doubt over a potential remake of the fight, despite admitting it would still be “massive” without the belts.

The heavyweight division could shape up in the coming months, with Fury also earmarked to face another contender Dillian Whyte if he can progress through the stern test against Wilder.

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