Anthony Joshua Explains Why Deontay Wilder’s Jabs Were Destined to Fail Against Tyson Fury

Published 11/23/2021, 7:00 AM EST
Boxing – Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder – WBC Heavyweight Title – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. – October 9, 2021 Tyson Fury in action against Deontay Wilder REUTERS/Steve Marcus


Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder suffered dooming outcomes back-to-back in less than a month as they lost their claim to the heavyweight world titles against Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury, respectively. Both the heavyweight scraps were different from the other and reflected contrasting features.

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While Usyk vs Josua was a technical brawl where the Ukrainian star toyed with ‘AJ’ to win via decision, Fury vs Wilder 3 was a slugfest that lasted for 11 rounds.

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Although Wilder saw sheer moments of success in the fight, he couldn’t keep up. Despite his sharp jabs in the first stage, which even proved beneficial, Wilder didn’t do much damage to his rival.

Now, Anthony Joshua reflected his opinion about why Deontay Wilder failed against Tyson Fury. Joshua said, “Not in this age (cannot jab for all 12-rounds) and day because heavyweights are different. I met them, the guy who makes gloves the other day, and he said that they never used to have to make special gloves. But now heavyweights are 17 to 19 stone and six-foot ten. The whole division is changing in the last like five years.”

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Anthony Joshua is an elite knockout artist of the heavyweight division and has won most of his fights via stoppage. Hence, he understands the effectiveness of gloves that play a pivotal role in crafting one’s power.

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Can Anthony Joshua rebound to the win-track?

A loss against Oleksandr Usyk in the UK has put a severe dent in Anthony Joshua‘s legacy. Having suffered his second pro defeat against a former cruiserweight champion, AJ needs to re-gain his lost world titles. Per reports, AJ vs Usyk 2 shall happen in early or mid-2022, putting a quell to the heated heavyweight beef.

Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua reacts after his fight against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Joshua has also claimed to be done with offering respect in-ring. He has hinted at being violent against Usyk. With that, we can finally see Joshua score his first knockout since his final win against Kubrat Pulev. It will be a demanding task, but Joshua has all the weapons at his disposal that can see him regain the championship status.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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