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Though his rematch with Luis Ortiz is coming up next week, Deontay Wilder couldn’t help but give his opinion on Tuesday when asked about former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua—the man who represents tens of millions of dollars lost to Wilder.

During a teleconference to promote the November 23 Showtime PPV showdown between Wilder and Ortiz, 20 months after Wilder survived the roughest moments of his career to win by 10th-round knockout, it’s still tough for some not to compare Wilder to Joshua.

Joshua held three of the heavyweight belts to Wilder’s one, and there were many starts and stops to negotiations between the two for a match that would have unified the division. At one point, Wilder turned down a three-fight deal worth nine figures. But now the two are further away than ever, particularly since Joshua lost all of his straps when he was knocked out by Andy Ruiz in June.

Wilder was asked if he worried that Joshua’s fate at the hands of Ruiz could be replicated by Ortiz. Wilder’s opinion was hardly surprising.

“Me and Anthony Joshua have a different mindset,” Wilder told reporters. “My mindset is way stronger than his. Joshua knew he was going to lose one day. He even spoke it into the universe. When it was time for it to happen, he gave his belts over to Ruiz. He literally transported his belts to this man. His energy gave his belts to this man. You could see it.”

Joshua, in fact, looked lethargic before his fight vs. Ruiz began. Still, Joshua knocked down Ruiz in the third round and looked to end the fight then. But Ruiz landed huge punches for the rest of the fight, and by the end of it, Joshua had been sent to the canvas four times before the referee waved it off in the seventh.

In December, Joshua gets his chance in revenge when the two meet up again in Saudi Arabia. But that hasn’t stopped Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, from saying that Wilder still doesn’t want to fight Joshua. Last week, Wilder said he would turn down the chance to become a so-called “franchise” champion for the WBC, which would allow him to not have to face his mandatory opponents for the title. But Hearn doesn’t believe him.

“Now he says he’ll turn down a ‘franchise’ belt,’” Hearn said, via Talk Sport. “If he gets the opportunity to duck Dillian Whyte or Anthony Joshua or anybody by being elevated to ‘franchise’ champion, he would do it in a heartbeat. Don’t take what Deontay Wilder says too seriously.”

Still, those possibilities aren’t happening quite yet. First, Wilder has to beat Ortiz. Sure he’s a -650 favorite as of this writing (Ortiz is +500), but look how hurt Wilder was in the seventh round of their first meeting.

Ortiz says he’s 40 years old. But his power still might be evident if he hits Wilder with a flush shot.

“I’m not worrying about making mistakes,” Wilder said. “If I do make a mistake, rest assured, I will correct it as the fight goes on. I see this fight going one way. That’s Deontay Wilder knocking out Luis Ortiz. He knows it. I know it.”

Apparently Wilder doesn’t believe his energy is willing to give up his belt.

Source: Josh Katzowitz| SportsMoney

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