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Deontay Wilder (photo credit: Getty Images)

Deontay Wilder insisted on Wednesday that his status as a world-class heavyweight boxer has nothing to do with his rivalry with Anthony Joshua.

Wilder and Joshua collectively hold every major belt in the heavyweight division, but negotiations broke down earlier this year over a potential unification bout.

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Joshua says he wants to face Wilder, if the unbeaten American successfully defends his WBC belt against Tyson Fury on December 1, but the ‘Bronze Bomber’ insists he is not paying attention to the Briton’s comments.

He said, “I haven’t seen any videos or anything like that. Whatever them guys are doing, let them do it.

“We’re not focused on them, we’re not even concerned about them. When was the last time we even said anything about them?

“I don’t need him to bring status to me. My status came to me because I knock people out, not because of another man.”

Wilder insists his only focus is on beating Fury, who has fought just twice since returning to boxing in 2018 after a two-and-a-half year absence, which ended a two-year ban from UK Anti-Doping.