Deontay Wilder slammed for 'ducking' Joshua and Whyte by announcing rematch with drug cheat Luis Ortiz next

DEONTAY WILDER has been slammed for "ducking" Anthony Joshua after announcing he will have a rematch against Luis Ortiz.

The WBC champ posted on Twitter that both boxers have "signed for a rematch with the date and site to be announced shortly".

Then bizarrely he added: "All my controversial fights must get dealt with ASAP".

This was despite Wilder stopping the veteran Cuban, who failed a drugs test in September 2017, in the 10th round of their first scrap back in March 2018.

While admittedly Wilder had been rocked by a man well known to have lead in his fists, there was no controversy over the stoppage with Ortiz blowing a gasket on the canvas.

It puts any prospect of Wilder versus Joshua for all the belts into serious doubt for 2019 – and fight fans are not happy.


Lots of people shared gifs of ducks, to accuse Wilder of dodging a fight against WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO champ Joshua.

Opeyemi Faswa wrote that Wilder was a "joker" and a "ducker".

Another posted that the American has announced his next fight before AJ's win "so no one can say you ducked him".

And one boxing fan, clearly angered by the prospect of Joshua versus Wilder pushed back yet again, wrote on Twitter: "Pointless fight. Won’t be watching.

"Won’t be supporting and hope everyone boycotts your fights until you fight AJ. Enough ducking now Deontay."

Joshua makes his US debut this weekend when he defends his titles against the unfancied Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden.

Negotiations for Joshua to fight Wilder have been back and forth for months now, with both camps blaming the other for not agreeing to a fight.

Wilder has also been accused by Dillian Whyte of trying to avoid fighting him too – despite Whyte considered the mandatory by the WBC.



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