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Anthony Joshua to Deontay Wilder: I pity you and your one hand, you ll be shocked

World heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, says it is difficult ignoring criticisms from fans and pundits.

Nigeria born British pugilist Anthony Joshua has addressed challenger Deontay Wilder in the language he expects him to understand, noting that going to war with just one weapon is like shooting oneself on the leg.

Joshua says Deontay Wilder’s reliance on his right hand will be brutally exposed again if they share the ring.

“I’ve never, ever seen in the heavyweight division a fighter going to war with just one weapon, which is what they say is his right hand,”

Wilder wants to resurrect talks for an undisputed world heavyweight title clash against Joshua, if he regains the WBC title in a third fight with Tyson Fury in Las Vegas on July 24.

But Joshua has dismissed Wilder as a serious threat to his WBA, IBF and WBO titles, insisting the Alabama man has already shown his limitations in a stoppage loss to Fury last February.

“He isn’t an elite-level fighter, in my opinion,” Joshua told Sky Sports News.

“He’s good. It’s the heavyweights, so they always know one punch can change the course of a fight.

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“But I’ve never, ever seen in the heavyweight division a fighter going to war with just one weapon, which is what they say is his right hand.

“When you get to the top level? Trust me, that don’t last anymore. That don’t work.

“As we’ve seen now with certain fights of elite-level fighters, he struggles at the top level, and there’s a lot more of us waiting for that opportunity as well to kick his ass.”

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Wilder suggested that “excuses” have already been made to prevent a fight against Joshua, who is preparing for a WBO mandatory title defence against Oleksandr Usyk, with Tottenham Hotspur Stadium expected to stage the fight in September.

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“Most definitely, hands down [I want the Joshua fight], Wilder told Sky Sports.

“Without no excuses, no mandatories, nothing in the way.

“As I see, they already making up excuses. They already got a mandatory planned ahead.

“No one really wants to fight someone like me, and I don’t blame them.”

Predicting a victory over Joshua by knockout, Wilder said: “In a devastating fashion.”

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