Deontay Wilder (photo credit: Getty Images)

Deontay Wilder has branded Anthony Joshua a “coward”, adding that he wants to punish the British star for the sleepless nights caused by their lengthy negotiations.

The WBC champion on Monday insists that a unification fight with Joshua is still “going to happen”.

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Appearing on Good Morning Britain alongside Tyson Fury to promote his December 1 fight with Tyson Fury, the American was asked about the possibility of meeting British heavyweight Joshua in the ring.

Wilder believes the Joshua camp don’t really want the fight.

Wilder said; “Hey Joshua, me and Fury are about to get this thing going on, baby. We’re about to see who the biggest and the baddest in the world, one champion, one face, one name, something you were too much of a coward to do in your own country.

“You were a coward and you know this, your whole team know this. You said different things over and over. You manipulate, you’re compulsive liars.

“The audience put their hard-earned money into this, this is an emotional sport. Enough is enough. Joshua had a career plan and Deontay Wilder wasn’t in it from the start.”