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Deontay Wilder fires warning to heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua - 'he’s not a worldwide champion'

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Anthony Joshua is looking in great shape for his heavyweight showdown Joseph Parker

But Deontay Wilder, holder of the WBC belt, claims the British world champion needs to fight him if he is to become a household name.

American Wilder told ESPN: “He may have his country behind him and that’s it. Does he want to be remembered as a country-wide champion? Because he’s not worldwide [champion].

“Over here in America they don’t even know his name. They just know him as a big guy from England. That’s fact.

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“I need him and he needs me, unless he doesn’t want to unify. Unless he wants to stay over his side of the pond and let people gravitate to him and be a fake sign of what he [says he] is.

“But he will never be a global icon. You will never be a world-wide figure without me. All roads lead to Deontay Wilder.”

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