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Anthony Joshua: Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have froze me out

Joshua takes aim at Wilder and Fury, saying they’ve consistently turned down massive offers to fight him.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Former unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has a big task in front of him as he tries to recapture his world title belts from Andy Ruiz later this year, but he still knows that should he win he’ll be right back in the mix for some of the biggest fights to make in boxing — against Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.

But for now Fury is slated to take on little-known Otto Wallin in his next outing while Wilder looks to rematch Luis Ortiz. It’s essentially been confirmed that Wilder and Fury will then rematch one another should they both get through these interim fights clean. Joshua, however, isn’t exactly impressed by either man’s level of chosen competition.

“Tyson Fury is fighting Otto Wallin but nobody talks about that. I fought Wallin as an amateur. [Wilder and Fury] are the cream of the crop and shouldn’t be fighting those type of people.”

Joshua continues by saying at their respective levels it shouldn’t be anything other than the best fighting the best, but says the fights you really want to see haven’t been happening because Wilder and Fury have been turning down what Joshua calls the “most lucrative offers in boxing.”

Despite that, Joshua claims that at least now he has something to fight for, understanding the importance of winning the Ruiz rematch after that June disaster. That said, he still laments the fact that Wilder and Fury have essentially booked themselves up for the next year which leaves him on the outside looking-in for a while, even if he does regain all of his world titles.

“They froze me out. Wilder has [agreed] his next fight with Ortiz, his next fight with Fury.

“And nobody should talk to me about Wilder or Fury after I beat Ruiz Jr, because they have made it clear what they are doing. They have got the whole of 2020 booked up. Until they are free, nobody talk to me about Wilder or Fury.”

Joshua just better make sure he takes care of business against Ruiz first — which he does say he’s completely focused on — because another loss here may likely cause irreparable damage to his career moving forward.

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