Deontay Wilder insists Anthony Joshua is only the FOURTH best heavyweight in the world.
Wilder will defend his world title against Tyson Fury next month after failing to agree terms with fellow champ Joshua.
And the American doubts his rival has the ability to beat the best in the division.
He said: ” Anthony Joshua had his opportunity and his chance to prove and see if he was the goods, or was he spoiled milk.
“They didn’t want to accept the challenge because they already know what I possess. They know my mindset and what I’ m able to do. They know that he’s not on my level.
Anthony Joshua holds three world heavyweight titles (Image: X03808)
“I don’t think [Joshua] has the heart and the mentality to show that he’s the best, and even if he does, then his people don’t.
“But that’s enough of him. It ain’t about him. It’s about Tyson Fury. We are the best. And after this fight, you’ll see who is the best. One champion, one face, one name.
“Of course, [Joshua] beat the guys that they’ve put in front of him and tried to hype the media up like they were bigger than what they really were.
“So he’s had his opportunities, and as far as I’m concerned, this [fight] right here will tell the world who is the best of the best because I don’t feel that Joshua can beat me, nor can he beat Fury nor the second-best heavyweight in the world, [Luis] Ortiz. I strong personal opinion and strong feeling about that.”
The unbeaten 33-year-old has won all but one of his 40 fights by knockout but questions linger over his true ability.
He added: “Everyone will realise I am special. I am a gift from God. I’m going to be his worst nightmare.
“This is my coming out party, somewhere I should have been a long time ago. Difficulties in the sport and my life didn’t allow me to have some things.
“In this fight I think a lot of people will wake up. You have denied me and hated on me for so long. talktotb.com
“No one is going to beat me on this special day. I do it for my children. I’m the realest fighter in the world and some people can’t handle real.”