Deontay Wilder claims Anthony Joshua was a ‘broken man’ before his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr (Getty)Deontay Wilder claims Anthony Joshua was ‘broken’ before his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr. because of the decision to work with a sports psychologist before the fight.
Joshua suffered the first loss of his career on Saturday as he was put down four times before he was stopped by Ruiz in the seventh round.
Both Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn are adamant that nothing in the training camp had a negative impact on the preparations for the fight.
But Wilder believes Joshua was a ‘broken man’ even before his defeat to Ruiz.
‘He was under so much pressure, worried about me,’ Wilder told 78 Sports.
‘Now we know who is running from who.
Joshua was floored four times by Ruiz (AFP/Getty Images)‘Since Mike Tyson, when is the last time you heard someone get a spots psychologist? When? That was the last one. That was early in his career.
‘When I heard that, I knew he was a broken man.
‘He’s not mentally strong. He was created. He was made.
‘I was born to do this. He was made.’
And in a separate interview, Wilder claimed that Joshua does not want a rematch against Ruiz and would lose the fight even if it was held in England.
‘I don’t see him taking this rematch,’ Wilder told Tha Boxing Voice.
‘I think he’s got seven months to take this rematch, he’s got until December, and I don’t think he wants to take it any more.
‘He’s mentally weak, when I read he had a sports psychologist that was a red flag – the pressure was building on him.
Wilder says Joshua would lose a rematch against Ruiz (Getty Images)‘I don’t think he’s going to take that rematch because he’s not mentally strong enough to handle the situation and the pressure.
‘They can go to England [for the rematch] the place isn’t going to help the situation, it’s the mindset of the fighter.
‘And when your mindset is weak… your mind is like the motor to your engine, if you can’t get that right you ain’t going to move.
‘When you lose that, how can you do anything? The mindset is everything in this sport, and he’ll just have to prove me wrong.
‘But his body language, even in the press conference, it seemed to me he doesn’t want this rematch.
‘Even if he takes it, I think Andy beats him again.’