Deontay Wilder would not have received his coup de grace if the negotiations had resulted in a fight, said “Prince” Charles Martin.
The US heavyweights were on two occasions in talks to meet inside the ring in 2020, until Wilder won an arbitration case leading to his trilogy clash against Tyson Fury.
Martin will instead make his comeback against Luis Ortiz on January 1 in an IBF eliminator that will have ramifications for the world title picture.
“It would have been a great opportunity,” Martin told Sky Sports of facing Wilder, in what would have been a clash between former world heavyweight champions.
âI always knew there was a possibility that things might not turn out in my favor, but I had mentally prepared myself anyway.
âI was able to treat him like a championship fight. I made a 100% effort even knowing there was a possibility he would fail.â
Former IBF title holder Martin said of Wilder: âHe’s missing in a lot of areas.
âI’m pretty hard to hit. You can’t touch me cause I never come in [straight].
“I am always strategic.”
Martin was most recently in talks to fight Andy Ruiz Jr, another former world heavyweight champion.
But the potential fight fell apart when Ruiz Jr, the first man to beat Anthony Joshua, needed knee surgery.
âI pulled him a personal DM,â Martin said of Ruiz Jr. âHe left it unread.
âWe were training for this. Next thing? He had surgery.
âNow I pray there aren’t crazy calls saying Ortiz is injured.
“Andy knew I would have whipped his ass. That’s why he didn’t answer me.
“Because he knew he didn’t want to fight me.”
Martin’s most recent fight was his most impressive performance ever – a one-punch knockout of former world title challenger Gerald Washington.
Sky Sports Boxe schedule
Saturday 29 January – BOXXER in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr vs. Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs. Ema Kozin – IBF, WBA & WBC Middleweight Titles
Saturday 19 February – BOXXER in Manchester – Sky Sports Box Office
Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook
Saturday February 26 – BOXXER and Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed welterweight titles