Deontay Wilder is adamant that referee Jack Reese allowed Tyson Fury to escape a knockout defeat in their heavyweight world title fight last year.
The “Bronze Bomber” ended the night with a draw in a decision which left both men frustrated, after Fury spectacularly recovered from a 12th-round knockdown.
Wilder, during the press conference to confirm his upcoming bout against Luis Ortiz on November 23, went on to suggest that the referee’s count was prolonged when he decided to let Fury continue.
Wilder speaking to the media was quoted as saying “I knocked that fool out. He got blessed by the referee. He had favouritism.”
The 34-year-old from Alabama is now planning a rematch next year, and after Fury survived a serious cut to outpoint Otto Wallin at the end of last month, Wilder will face another rematch in the shape of Ortiz.
Wilder came through major adversity last year before triumph in the 10th round to stop the previously-unbeaten Ortiz, but will now give the Cuban another shot at the WBC crown.
“He was the boogey-man for a reason,” Wilder said about Ortiz, 40. “To this day, they don’t fight him for a reason.
“They say he’s old, but they won’t fight this old man. Plenty of people have had the opportunity to become my mandatory, and all they’ve had to do is fight Luis Ortiz.
“They never gave him the opportunity.
“I’m the best in the world and I believe in that.
“No-one wants to face him but I feel it’s my duty as champion.”
Asked about the difficult periods he had to endure in the first fight against Ortiz, Wilder went onto say: “It wasn’t anything that I learned. I had confirmation. You know what you can do. I feel it inside of my heart.
“This fight is to prove everyone else who I am. I know who I am.
“I wasn’t proving it to myself. I just needed that moment to prove to others.”
Anthony Joshua, who aims to win back the IBF, WBA and WBO titles from Andy Ruiz Jr on December 7, live on Sky Sports Box Office and DAZN, is still keen to meet Wilder and Fury in the ring.
Asked on his dream fight, Joshua said: “I always change it, but right now, I’d say Fury at Wembley. The best of Britain. It is a massive fight.”
Asked if he would eventually face Fury and Wilder, Joshua said: “Yes, 100 per cent. That’s like asking if a certain football team will play another football team. Of course.
“We’re in the same division, in the same era. We have to fight each other
“We’re all big draws in the heavyweight division so it would be massive.
“I’d love to fight Wilder, I’d love to fight Fury. I’m fighting Ruiz Jr next. The list goes on – there’s so many out there that I’d love to compete with.”
By Kenny Leavett.