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‘Wilder admitted it, we made him a lucrative offer’, Anthony Joshua reveals

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IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has reacted to the recent statements made on social media by a division rival, Deontay Wilder.

Wilder, after months of silence, generated a mountain of headlines when he took to social media on Saturday night.

In a series of social media messages directed to WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, it was revealed by Wilder that he was offered more money to face Joshua but lived up to a promise to fight Fury in a rematch – after they had fought to a controversial twelve round split draw in December 2018.

“You know I was offered more money to fight Joshua than I was getting to fight you. Again being a man of my word, I fought you,” Wilder stated on social media.

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Wilder has been out of the ring since February, when he was stopped in the seventh round of his rematch with Fury. The two sides are now in a legal dispute over whether or not Wilder’s rematch clause is still valid.

According to Joshua, his division rival finally revealed the truth about their financial discussions.

“It makes the ultimate sense. It’s hard because at the time when people are talking and you see lots of media stuff, you start to believe what that person is saying,” Joshua told Sky Sports.

“When time goes by, naturally the truth will always reveal itself. I get a lot of stick but I take it with a pinch of salt. He admitted it. We made him a lucrative offer but he wanted to face Fury. So be it. If that’s what he wanted to do, fine. But he dragged my name through the mud.

“While Wilder was trying to make me look like a bad person, that I didn’t want to enhance the sport, or fight certain fighters, I just had to roll with the punches. He has come out and said it himself. We offered him a really good deal but he wanted to fight Fury. People can take it how they want, and see what the truth is now.”

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