Wilder hits back at Klitschko
Last Updated: 22/09/15 9:39pm
Deontay Wilder has hit back at Wladimir Klitschko after the Ukrainian criticised the calibre of the American heavyweight’s opponents.
Knockout specialist Wilder faces French journeyman Johann Duhaupas at the weekend aiming to extend his undefeated record of 34 straight wins - 33 by knockout.
However, Klitschko, who defends his WBA Super, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles against Tyson Fury on Sky Sports Box Office on October 24, wants his former sparring partner to put his WBC crown on the line against superior opponents.
Wilder, however, found Klitschko's comments amusing and hypocritical: "My brother brought that to my attention and I laughed, I almost laughed all day about it.
"Because for him to make that statement, basically is for him to really criticise his own self or to talk bad about himself because if he's talking about opponents or whatever, he's been doing the same thing for over a decade.
"He's been fighting guys we don't know names of or how to pronounce or where they came from. They came out of a rabbit box, you know. So for him to say that is very laughable to me.
"He already knows what it's going to be when he faces me so of course if I fight everybody at the top, then that lessens the chance of him having to face me because of course I feel he wants me to lose."
Wilder, however, still believes a unification fight with Klitschko will happen.
"When I think about a Klitschko fight my mind for some reason has it in the month of September next year," Wilder added.
"A lot depends on the mandatories being out of the way and having a clear date. But he wants it and I want it. Everybody wants that fight."
Watch Wladimir Klitschko when he comes face to face with Tyson Fury during Wednesday's press conference on SSN HQ from 13:00.