Anthony Joshua questions whether Deontay Wilder is silently working on ‘master plan’ after defeat by Tyson Fury

Anthony Joshua “can’t wait” for Deontay Wilder to break his silence and questioned whether the American is working on a “master plan” after defeat by Tyson Fury.

Wilder’s next career move has been derailed following Fury’s admission that a third fight will not happen, with the WBC heavyweight champion instead seeking an alternative opponent for a homecoming bout in December.

Joshua is preparing for his own world title defence against Kubrat Pulev at The O2 on December 12, live on Sky Sports Box Office, and understands why Wilder is yet to speak out as he previously came under intense scrutiny following his first professional loss to Andy Ruiz Jr last June.

“I don’t know, so I can’t speak on everyone’s situation, but just from my humble opinion, after a loss, things change,” Joshua told Sky Sports News.

“You distance yourself. The world is cruel. You’ve got to have a thick skin.

“Either he’s putting together a master plan – he’s in a lab right now, with his science glasses on, studying Fury’s every move. Either he’s doing that, or he’s sitting at the edge of that lake, with his head in his hands and thinking, ‘What’s going on?’

“One minute you’re on top of the world, and the next minute you’re not. That’s the name of the game we’re in.”

A number of theories about Wilder’s seventh-round stoppage defeat have been aired, including outlandish claims about Fury’s gloves, which were strenuously denied by the British fighter.

Wilder is yet to offer more insight after bizarrely suggesting that he had been weakened by his heavy ring walk costume before the fight.

Joshua said: “It’s interesting as to say, ‘Why he hasn’t spoken?’ But when he does speak, we’ll soon find out. For me to make speculation as to why he hasn’t spoken, I can’t because only he knows.

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