DEONTAY WILDER insists facing Anthony Joshua in the ring will be ‘easier’ because of the way in which he lost to Andy Ruiz Jr.
Deontay Wilder believes the reason why Anthony Joshua lost against Andy Ruiz is because the British boxer lacks confidence and isn’t mentally strong.
Joshua was floored on the mat four times by the Mexican heavyweight before he was eventually stopped in the seventh round during his first fight in the United States.
The Brit lost his three heavyweight world titles and his unbeaten record during that fight at Madison Square Garden in New York and Wilder feels any future bout between both of them wouldn’t be as difficult now.
“It’ll be a lot easier for me now,” Wilder said.
“I’ve been saying it for a while, Joshua’s mindset is not strong.
“He’s not that strong, he doesn’t have confidence in himself.
“You take a look at his previous story and he says he started lifting weights because he didn’t have confidence in himself. He had a low self-esteem.
“But looking at the part and looking like you can do something, doesn’t mean you can do it.”
Before any showdown with Wilder, Joshua will do his best to regain his belts in a rematch with Ruiz, which is expected to take place in Cardiff in December.
But the American champion presumed Joshua will also lose the rematch but insisted that doesn’t mean it is the end of his heavyweight career.
“It is not over for Anthony. Just because you were defeated, it doesn’t mean it’s over,” Wilder told Sky Sports.
“Even if he loses the rematch, which I feel he will”
As for Wilder he is out to prove his doubters wrong and is now preparing to defend his title in a rematch with 40-year-old Cuban boxer Luis Ortiz, after which he is planning on another rematch with Tyson Fury.
“Those fights were controversial and I’m on a mission to get rid of the negative thoughts about me,” Wilder said.
“I’m going to fight Ortiz and then Fury. I’ll have them both in one big Sunday, filled with lots of treats and sweets for the fans.
“First is Ortiz and after I wipe him in quicker and great fashion, I will come back and knock out old Tyson Fury in great fashion”
As for a future clash with Joshua, Wilder admitted he is willing to fight the Brit.
“People ask me if I will fight AJ and I say a loss is not the end of the road,” he added.
“There is enough room for everyone to meet up with everyone and before I retire I want to say I was in with the best.”