Deontay Wilder has taunted Eddie Hearn and Anthony Joshua, as a potential heavyweight unification fight between the two is yet to be confirmed.
In a video posted on social media, Wilder insisted he called Hearn's and Joshua's bluff when the American offered $50 million to face Anthony Joshua to fight to unify the heavyweight belts.
While Wilder agreed to terms offered by Joshua's camp last Monday, to fight in the United Kingdom -- with Shelly Finkel stating that the target date was Sept. 15, Hearn insisted on Thursday that due to the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin fight happening on the same night, the likely date for the heavyweight bout would be in October or November.
That has led Wilder firing back a message to Hearn and Joshua -- who previously said he would fight the American for $50 million -- in which Wilder makes reference to calling their bluff regarding the $50 million offer.
"Guess what?" the subtitled video begins. "Eddie said: 'Tell them you'll take $50 million to fight and their team will for sure back out and we will stay relevant because $50m, they can't cope with that."
"Deontay and [his] team agreed to pay and presented the money. The look on Eddie's face though. Priceless. Just priceless.
"Guess what? They turned down the money. They made another excuse. Tell me ... Tell me. How the hell do you say no to $50m cash?"
The drawn-out negotiations have threatened to lead to Joshua fighting [mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin first, which would see Wilder face the Briton afterward.