Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

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

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

Deontay Wilder, the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, faces the biggest test of his career - after 39 victories and 38 knockouts - when he faces the unbeaten Cuban Luis Ortiz in NY on Saturday night but the American rounded on Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn with an extraordinary attack on Friday, accusing him of being "another white man milking a black man".

"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.

It's also a fact that strength, power and durability will take a limited or crude fighter closer to the top if he is a heavyweight than if he brought those assets to any other division. Whether it's his, sometimes erratic, boxing style, the size of his legs, or his opponents, it seems like nothing Wilder can do pleases social media or some hardcore boxing fans. People knew Ortiz. Even though his following is not big, they understand and know who he is.

"We're gonna put the most unsafe with the most feared, and mix the recipe together and see what kind of cake we come out with", Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) told amNewYork on Wednesday after his media workout at the arena.

"I think Deontay deserves incredible props for taking this kind of risk and embracing it", promoter Lou DiBella said.

"That's why he's trying to get these checks". Let's hope the assigned ring judges are watching this mega-fight very closely to avoid controversy.

Wilder is going to be the favorite heading into Saturday's fight, but Ortiz will have his backers. Well, I'm here and I'm ready for him.

Wilder is 39-0 with 38 knockouts and a U.S. Olympic bronze medalist who has a charismatic personality, a TV star girlfriend and a punch that could drop a horse. Why wouldn't I be? It sounds good but he got a big task in front of him. I've got a natural killer instinct, something that is born in me, something that can't be made of me.

"The public gave me this opportunity to fight for the title and beat you for your belt. I want to have a straight mindset to be able to interact with them, to be able to run around with them and play with them, and if they want to get any knowledge from me, I want to be able to do that". There have been no negotiations at all, no deal has been offered.

Widely preferred by the big money bettors, a lot of them are punting on the possibility of the match ending early at 1/5 or going till the full 12 rounds at 7/2. If they were confident they were going to beat me, they would accept that easily. He better take me seriously because he's going to find himself on the canvas before he knows it.

Assuming they both continue to win, of course. Ortiz is Wilder's toughest test and poses a substantial threat. Joshua is like a cow, Eddie Hearn is milking him for every dollar.

"It's more Hearn than Joshua".

WBC champion Wilder has long campaigned for a showdown with Anthony Joshua from the United Kingdom - but has yet to land it. Also, take note in those matchups there wasn't one pairing of two punchers with the exception of Lewis-Tyson and Lewis was really a boxer-puncher. He don't have put his body through so many obstacles and so many different challenges like Joshua does. Actually, if Ortiz loses to Wilder he could make a lot of money as an opponent down the road fighting up and coming prospects. "When you're getting money, easy money off of lower opposition, you can easily see what they are doing".

Wilder, who vowed to "end Joshua's career", was not holding back when asked about the British star. I simply didn't know it was banned. Stiverne did and said all the right things right up until fight day. Ortiz isn't in boxing for the long haul or to establish a legacy as one of the greats - it's too late for that. I want to do what I want to do, accomplish it, defend my titles for a couple of years once I unify the division.

Steven Muehlhausen is an MMA and boxing writer and contributor for Sporting News. "You do all you can to protect your fighter".

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