While boxers Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua have yet to meet in a ring, Wilder is already throwing haymakers.
Wilder, the current WBC heavyweight champ, told ESPN that Joshua, current IBF heavyweight champion and native of Great Britain, isn't a known commodity in the United States, and that he needs Wilder's name to make it big.
"He may have his country behind him and that's it," Wilder told ESPN. "Does he want to be remembered as a country-wide champion? Because he's not worldwide [champion]. Over here in America they don't even know his name. They just know him as a big guy from England. That's fact.
"I need him and he needs me at the end of the day, unless he doesn't want to unify. Unless he wants to stay over his side of the pond and let people gravitate to him and be a fake sign of what he [says he] is. But he will never be a global icon. You will never be a world-wide figure without me. All roads lead to Deontay Wilder."
Of course, trash talk is natural in boxing, but considering Joshua does have an entire country behind him — he has sold out 90,000-seat arenas in the United Kingdom, after all — while Wilder still has his skeptics in the U.S., it's an interesting front on which to wage a war of words.
Joshua has said in the past — most recently during his post-fight interview following his victory over Carlos Takam — that there's no particular reason for him to want to leave for the U.S., considering he's a big star in the U.K. and wants to put on a show for his hometown fans.
Wilder and Joshua are on a collision course to unify all the belts in the heavyweight division, but that's going by the assumption that both make it through their next opponents; Joshua faces WBO heavyweight champ Joseph Parker on March 31, while Wilder is set to face Luis Ortiz on March 3.
But like Joshua said, a fight with Wilder "has to happen."
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