If he defeats Tyson Fury tonight, Deontay Wilder will be boasting about being the heavyweight champ.
But his words will be empty and meaningless as long as he continues to cravenly avoid Anthony Joshua, the world's best heavyweight.
Wilder also needs to fight some prime top ten heavyweights like Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker before establishing a legacy as a top heavyweight. Having a resume of fighting only old men with health problems (Ortiz), shot fighters (Arreola), limited journeymen (Gavern, Szpilka) and faded drug abusers with mental problems (Fury) is not enough.
Joshua wants to unify with Wilder more than anything, but craven Wilder won't do it for any amount of money.
Wilder has been a pro 4 years longer than Joshua, and had more amateur fights, yet Joshua has fought better opposition.
Joshua fought Dillian Whyte in his 15th pro fight, Deontay Wilder fought fat age 40 former middleweight Dan Sheehan in his 15th fight, and cravenly avoided his mandatory Whyte after 40 pro fights.
Joshua fought other people Wilder cravenly avoided, for example Wlad Klitschko and Joseph Parker.
Wilder refused to unify, after several years of holding the WBC belt hostage fighting old Stiverne a second time, old Ortiz, shot Arreola and journeymen like Szpilka and Duhapas.
Wilder has done nothing but cherry-pick his entire career. Tyson Fury was a cherry-pick gone wrong, Wilder thought he would be easy after a layoff of 3 years, mental health and drug problems, and a huge weight gain followed by a quick strength-depleting weight loss of 100 pounds.