A vindicated Anthony Joshua had some choice words about Deontay Wilder's latest admission.
After months of relative silence following his seventh round stoppage loss to Tyson Fury back in February, Deontay Wilder spoke out on social media last weekend, bashing Fury, referee Kenny Bayless and even his own trainer Mark Breland.
In an Instagram video, Wilder claimed that Fury had concealed something the "size and shape of an egg weight" in his gloves, causing egg weight-shaped swelling in his head and a dent in his head, and that Breland had spiked his water with "some sort of muscle relaxant", weakening him during the fight.
But a follow-up tweet from Wilder, intended to be another swipe at Fury, instead raised eyebrows at Matchroom Boxing and in Anthony Joshua's camp; an admission that Wilder was "offered more money to fight Joshua" but fought Fury instead in order to keep his word.
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— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) October 31, 2020
like I said I would...
Wilder's admission will have been music to the ears of Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn, after Wilder had stated many times in the last few years that they were avoiding him.
Speaking with Sky Sports after Wilder's admission surfaced, Joshua said:
"It makes the ultimate sense. It's hard because at the time when people are talking and you see lots of media stuff, you start to believe what that person is saying.
"When time goes by, naturally the truth will always reveal itself. I get a lot of stick but I take it with a pinch of salt. He admitted it. We made him a lucrative offer but he wanted to face Fury.
"So be it. If that's what he wanted to do, fine. But he dragged my name through the mud. While Wilder was trying to make me look like a bad person, that I didn't want to enhance the sport, or fight certain fighters, I just had to roll with the punches.
"He has come out and said it himself. We offered him a really good deal but he wanted to fight Fury. People can take it how they want, and see what the truth is now."
You can watch the video below:
"When time goes by, naturally the truth will always reveal itself..."— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) November 4, 2020
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