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'I'm sorry guys, they played us all': Wilder confirms Joshua fight is off

The 32-year-old says he and his team ‘bent over backwards’ to make a unification fight happen.

Deontay Wilder
Deontay Wilder

WBC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION Deontay Wilder has confirmed his fight against Anthony Joshua is not happening in an expletive-laden Twitter outburst.

Wilder (40-0) and WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight title holder Joshua (21-0) were seemingly nearing a deal for what would have been the biggest fight of the year.

However, the American last night dismissed hopes of the bout going ahead, amid reports Joshua had been ordered to accept a fight against Alexander Povetkin.

“Just basically took the lowest offer in boxing history for a unified title bout,” Wilder wrote, in a poem of sorts, on Twitter.

“My team and I bent over backwards … accepting everything they threw at us just to find out this boy is terrified of me, pussy.”

He added: “I said all that past shit to tell the story and to apologise. I’m sorry guys they played us all. Fuck ‘em.

“We move forward, the future is still bright.”

Wilder, 32, was said to be ready to fight Joshua in United Kingdom, where the Brit has won each of his 21 bouts.

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