Wilder vs Ortiz: Deontay Wilder says he is Anthony Joshua's biggest threat and not Tyson Fury
By Richard Damerell and Tim Hobbs
Last Updated: 28/02/18 8:46pm
Deontay Wilder says Anthony Joshua "got it all wrong" when he picked Tyson Fury as his biggest threat and chose himself as the "most dangerous" heavyweight.
The American defends his WBC heavyweight title against Luis Ortiz in the early hours of Sunday morning, live on Sky Sports, and could remain on collision course with fellow champion Joshua.
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'AJ' singled out Fury as his most difficult future opponent in a past interview, but Wilder mocked this opinion as the 'Bronze Bomber' believes his fearsome punch power sets him apart from his rivals.
I am the most dangerous man in the division, hands down.
"If the people around Joshua really cared about him and loved him, I think someone should've tapped him on the shoulder and whispered in his ear to tell him he's got it all wrong," Wilder exclusively told Sky Sports.
"Everyone knows that Tyson Fury isn't the biggest threat in the heavyweight division. Everyone knows who is the man in the heavyweight division, hands down.
I don’t do this to be mediocre. Every day my body hurts but I push through it because that’s what it takes to get where I’m at. If you can’t keep up you’ll be left in the dust.... or face down on that canvas. #BombZquad #WilderOrtiz #March3rd #PBConSHOWTIME pic.twitter.com/xnVGq7te3q— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) February 25, 2018
"Everybody knows who has the power to beat anyone at any given time, in the first round or 15 seconds into the 12th round.
"I have that ability to do anything I want. I am the most dangerous man in the division, hands down. There hasn't been anyone I have fought that I haven't knocked out."
Past title challengers Gerald Washington and Artur Szpilka both lost their next fights after being knocked out by Wilder, and the Alabama man hinted that his opponents struggle to put their careers back on track after punishing defeats.
"It's almost 40 fights now and I still do what I do," said Wilder. "It's not just that I knock them out, it's the way I knock them out. It's how I knock them out, it's what they do after I knock them out - that's what makes me unique. That's what makes me the most dangerous guy.
"So if he [Joshua] says that, and he needs to keep that in his mind to feel confident because we know this fight will happen. If that gives him the confidence he needs to try and beat me, he is entitled to his own opinion.
"But I think the fact remains: I am the most dangerous man in the heavyweight division. I can't wait to prove it. I need the opportunity to show it to these guys and if I do, it's on."
Joshua will unify his IBF and WBA 'super' titles with Joseph Parker's WBO belt on March 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office, with one undisputed champion becoming a step closer.
Watch Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz live from Brooklyn, New York, in the early hours of Sunday morning, on Sky Sports Main Event, from 2am.