Bellew: Wilder needs big-name fights

01 November 2017 10:55:10 EST

Tony Bellew has told Deontay Wilder that he needs to fight some more recognised heavyweight boxers before he could be ready to do battle with Anthony Joshua.

The 32-year-old American has held the WBC world title for almost three years since he defeated Canadian Bermane Stiverne courtesy of a unanimous points decision in January 2015.

Wilder will make a sixth defence of his belt against Stiverne at New York's Barclays Center on Saturday night with his choice of opponents drawing criticism from Bellew.

Wilder needs to fight names and he needs to make statements. They need to get the hype going for him, they really do.

Tony Bellew

The 34-year-old is a cruiserweight by trade but stepped up a division in March of this year when he defeated David Haye via an 11th-round stoppage.

And the Liverpudlian claims his solitary win at heavyweight eclipses any of the fighters Wilder has defeated to date.

As a result, Bellew feels a future bout with Jarrell Miller or Britain's Dillian Whyte would stand him in good stead to then go head-to-head with the undefeated WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO champion Joshua.

He told Sky Sports: "Wilder needs to fight names and he needs to make statements. They need to get the hype going for him, they really do. [Luis] Ortiz would've been a big name, but I am afraid Bermane Stiverne - who is actually very good - isn't.

"If I was Wilder I would go for Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller. He will talk absolute garbage, but he will generate hype and get the general public wanting to find out about it.

"Put Miller in with Dillian Whyte then he gets the winner. Then whoever wins out of that one fights Anthony Joshua. That will generate interest, that will get America going, it will get everyone going."

Wilder is 4/1 to defeat Stiverene on points again this weekend, while his opponent is available at 10/1 to win the fight, while the draw is priced at 33/1.

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