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Deontay Wilder: 'Fighting Joshua is the ultimate goal'

RIVALS: Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder

WBC WORLD heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says fighting IBF and WBA title holder Anthony Joshua is his "ultimate goal", BBC Sport reports.

Wilder, 32, will defend his title against Bermane Stiverne on November 4, a week after Joshua faces Carlos Takam in Cardiff.

He believes Joshua should be ready for the unification bout after beating Wladimir Klitschko. "He has already fought a guy that got way more experience than I. The ultimate goal is to get Joshua," Wilder told reporters. "I don't see what's the difference between me and any other guy."

Wilder's promoter Lou DiBella has criticised Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn for talking down his fighter.

Hearn has stated he would never agree to a 50-50 split of the purse for a proposed bout and also claims to have offered Wilder $3m (£2.26m) to face Britain's Dillian Whyte in London on February 3, a fight he feels could increase Wilder's profile in the UK.

According to BBC Sport, Wilder is convinced his rivals are avoiding him and says his frustrations have led to him thinking he may be "better off not being in the sport".

"I don't understand this sport when it comes to me," added Wilder. "I just want to prove to the world I am the best. That's all I want to do."

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