Anthony Joshua says Deontay Wilder 'an easier fight' than Joseph Parker

A match-up with Ortiz was cancelled after the Cuban tested positive for banned substances

Sure, there have been recent exceptions like Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, but they're the outliers. Every last one of them declined.

"But I think the fact remains: I am the most unsafe man in the heavyweight division". This is the best fight in boxing that can be made. The only thing missing is convincing the public that he's the genuine article.

WBC heavyweight title holder Deontay Wilder has taken another verbal jab at Anthony Joshua by calling him a "cash cow" who has no chance of beating him.

But he has yet to fight in the United States, the most likely site for a unification bout against Wilder, and there is still some doubt about how well-known he is to American fight fans and how strong a box office draw he will be outside the U.K.

In November, Joshua insisted he was not "ducking" any fighter, adding he would fight Wilder on "my terms".

Deontay Wilder is the reigning WBC heavyweight champion. I know he has nice skills like all Cuban fighters. Everyone who keeps up with me was looking at Ortiz as 'The Boogeyman, ' because that was spreading around.

Ortiz has a daughter, Lis, who left Cuba with her father when she was 4 years old. He's trying to collect as many checks as he can before it's too late.

"I don't think Joshua has enough confidence in himself to fight me". He's eating the best part of the pie because he talks to promote and he's getting money. Only Bermane Stiverne was able to go the distance in 2015, but in their rematch previous year, Wilder knocked him out as well.

"This is my time and this is my opportunity and it's going to be a great triumph".

Hearn said he offered Wilder a guaranteed £2.1m plus whatever profits there were from US TV sales of a fight with Whyte - only to have the bid thrown back in his face.

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Then Joshua and Hearn are hoping to secure a huge clash with the victor of Saturday's contest in NY, in a bid to make the Londoner the first man in history to hold all four major belts simultaneously.

"Deontay Wilder, a 6'7" tall former top football, basketball, and track & field star is a hard-hitting right handed power hitter who has a 97.4 % knockout ratio with 19 first round knockouts to his credit, and an arm length of 83". I have about 10-12 years in this sport, and I want to abide by that and get out.

"Plus there are a couple of unbeaten youngsters-Brooklyn's Jarrell (Big Baby) Miller, who has come into the ring carrying almost 300 pounds on his 6'4" frame but was a relatively-svelte 283 when he stopped Mariusz Wach in his most recent fight in November, and Adam Kownacki, a transplanted Pole fighting out of Brooklyn who is 17-0 with 14 KOs. The first fight ended in a controversial DQ win for Andre Dirrell after appearing to get knockdown by Uzcategui at the sound of the bell.

As you can see, there's only been one Super Fight in the heavyweight division in 48 years that didn't involve Muhammad Ali or Mike Tyson and that was Holmes-Cooney. Eddie doesn't have to take a punch in his life.

The expected narrative is, of course, victories for Wilder and Joshua to trigger a mega-fight for the summer to become the first heavyweight to hold all the belts since Lennox Lewis. They're going to make him mandatory sooner or later: "he's No 1 with the WBC".

"I always think about ending my career 70-0 with 69 KOs", Wilder said. It's entertainment. And I give them what they come to see, and that's a knockout.

That said, Wilder's goal Saturday is to make it as hard as possible to avoid him.

"Me and Ortiz have some similarities, we've got something in common, and that's our children", Wilder told a news conference ahead of Saturday's fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Wilder doesn't have a promoter so is on a one-man salesman mission - get your head on Ortiz, let us deal with (Joseph) Parker then join us back in the real world and this fight will get made very quickly.

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