Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr 2: Deontay Wilder slams AJ despite revenge victory, doubts fight will ever happen

Deontay Wilder has criticised Anthony Joshua’s rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday night in Saudi Arabia.

The Brit outboxed the Mexican-American to get revenge for his stoppage defeat in June and regain three of the heavyweight world titles.

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Joshua is now a two-time heavyweight champion of the world
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Wilder is the WBC heavyweight champion
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Wilder, who holds the other belt, reacted by telling The Athletic: “Joshua did what he had to do to get the win. He ran around the ring and was on his bike all day,

“Basically, he had Klitschko in the camp and he was a lot like Klitschko. That jab-grab-hold method. That’s all he did tonight.

“You want to dominate guys, man. Maybe I’m just too rough, too hard-core and too much of a dream for this time and era, maybe the world wants that nice s***.

“My mentality is so different from these other fighters. But when I think of myself as a champion, you want to come out there and whoop his ass.

“I’m not coming in, after losing to this guy, to just dance and grab and jab and hold. I’m going to show the world and convince them I am the very best and that no one is close to me.”

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AJ hammered Ruiz Jr with right hands
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Wilder continued by claiming Joshua’s performance proved that there is only one true heavyweight king: “How can no-one say I’m not the very best in the world now?”

“I’ve given you what you pay for each and every time, especially when we’re talking about a heavyweight bout.

“Fans come to see knockouts. They come to see something dramatic, a body lying on the canvas, spread like it’s having birth. That’s what people want to see, and that’s my mentality.

“Joshua had many times he could’ve gone for the finish after he landed the right hand.

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Joshua boxed perfectly for 12 rounds to regain his world titles
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“When you land the right hand, you’ve tackled the distance.

“When you land that punch, you know you’re in exact position for the second time around. But he was so hesitant… Joshua’s mentality was to survive. The Klitschko method.

“The difference is my mentality is that of a beast, a warrior, a king, an emperor, all those things.

“If he calls himself a king, he’s just on the nicer side of it. This is a brutal sport and that’s how I treat it. I ain’t showing no love for anybody in that ring.”

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Deontay Wilder knocked out Luis Ortiz again last month
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AJ declared in the aftermath that he wants to face Wilder, but the American insisted: “I don’t think we’ll ever see a unification bout. We’ll never see it, and I don’t want people to get their hopes up on it because it’ll never happen.

“They couldn’t say anything about fighting me. They couldn’t mention my name. They went around me

“I’m too dangerous. You’ve seen what I do in the ring. I don’t play around

“And they know if Ruiz can get Joshua out of there, imagine. That’s why they stayed away from me.”

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