WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has called WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua a “little girl” as he pushes for a fight with the Nigerian boxer.
Joshua knocked out Carlos Takam at Cardiff to retain his two crowns, and Wilder has said he has no problems going to the United Kingdom to fight.
“Packing out stadiums looks good but the money and Mecca of boxing is in America,” Wilder told BBC Sport.
“But if you want to stay at home like a little girl, this king has no problem travelling to knock out the champion.”
He also called out Joshua’s manager Eddie Hearn, saying he was spreading “rumors” that Joshua is the best heavyweight boxer.
“I think Eddie is ducking me more so than Joshua,” Wilder added. “If Joshua’s a strong champion, a true champion, you guys in England should smoke him out, make him fight. You should see if he’s the best.
“My heart says I’m the best, if I’m not I want someone to show me.”
Wilder’s career record is 38 knock outs from 39 fights. Hearn isn’t however ready to commit to a superfight between him and Joshua, saying he isn’t well know in Britain. Hearn further advised him to fight Dillian Whyte in London in February.
Wilder, who says he will compete for 10 more years in order to achieve his “mission” of unifying the heavyweight division, called Whyte a “B-level fighter”.
He added: “He’s Eddie Hearn’s dirty rag in his pocket or his spare tyre on his car. He’s a gatekeeper at best. If Dillian is the bridge to Joshua, make sure Joshua is at the end of that bridge.
“All Eddie has to do is put AJ on that contract. I will only fight a peasant if the king is behind him.”