Anthony Joshua threatening to freeze out heavyweight rival Deontay Wilder

WBA and IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has threatened to cancel any plans to face off against Deontay Wilder unless the WBC champion stops “hooting and hollering”about their proposed match.

The two teams of the fighters met during late 2017 to discuss a possible unification fight but Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel has said that he has not heard anything from Eddie Hearn who manages Joshua, according to reports.

Should the clash between the two giants take place, it will be one of the biggest bouts in world boxing.

Though both fighters have been flirting about the possibility of a bout happening and even taken verbal swipes at each other, there appears to have been no serious talks between the two camps.

Joshua faces off against Joseph Parker in another unification fight in Cardiff in a week on Saturday and there is no doubt about which fight he will be eyeing to take place after that bout.

Wilder is expected to be present at the Principality Stadium to watch the fight which will be watched by about 78 000.

Joshua is hoping that Wilder realizes that the potential audience for the fight would be bigger in the UK than it would be in the US and that he agrees for the contest to happen in Europe.

Joshua said: “If he was serious about the fight, we’d do serious negotiation. If not, (he should) stop
hooting and hollering because we’ll just freeze him out.

“We’re in a position where I’ve still got great top-10 challengers I can compete with. He’s in a position
where the broadcasters ain’t interested in (him fighting) Joe Bloggs anymore.

“I know where I am going with my career. If he wants to be a part of this and jump on the train and come to the UK, he has to be realistic and stop living the fantasy. That is all we are saying, be realistic in negotiations.

“What we’ve got to offer is going to be 10 times more in terms of financials – because that’s what it comes down to – than he’s looking at in America.”

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