Anthony Joshua: ‘Give Credit to the Female Fighters’

Published 01/09/2022, 11:30 AM EST
Boxing – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk Weigh-in – The O2, London, Britain – September 24, 2021 Anthony Joshua during the weigh-in Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Anthony Joshua suffered a hard time in 2021, losing his heavyweight belts to Oleksandr Usyk lopsidedly in his hometown, London. Having appeared just once in the entire year, Joshua arguably had the worst calendar of his pro-boxing journey. However, he seems pleased with how the sport has evolved in 2o21, especially women’s boxing.

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It was quite a year for female fighters, which paved the way for several super fights in the coming days. From Amanda Serrano, Natasha Jonas, to Katie Taylor, we saw several A-listers pop into the big stage and unveil blockbuster matchups.

That said, Anthony Joshua didn’t forget to hail his female counterparts in an exclusive chat with Sky Sports. Interestingly, Joshua also hailed the male fighters from the UK, including his heavyweight contemporaries like Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte.

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Anthony Joshua said, “Give credit to the female fighters – Ramla Ali, Katie Taylor, Tasha Jonas,”

“So many good female fighters.”

“Then you’ve got me, Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte. Big us all up!”

“People say this was a great fight for women’s boxing. I think this was a great fight for boxing as a whole.”

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It was a massive year for Katie Taylor and Ramla Ali, as they secured threw wins, respectively, in 2021. Besides, Natasha Jonas appeared twice. She lost the first fight of the year against Taylor but rebounded against Vaida Masiokaite in September at the Wembley Arena. Meanwhile, Amanda Serrano also appeared thrice and won all three battles, setting the road to a lucrative undisputed fight against Katie Taylor in 2021. Furthermore, Claressa Shields went from the boxing ride to the PFL MMA and saw legitimate success in her new journey.

Anthony Joshua may have envisioned the right future

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Amid so much, Amanda Serrano believes she has finally received her deservings by joining hands with Jake Paul’s MVP Promotions.

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While Katie Taylor is clearly a valid name for her next fight, she also called out UFC champion Valentina Shevchenko for a multi-million matchup. Thus, we can see some intense female fights come to lifeline this year.

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The MMA universe is similarly blooming A-listed female fighters. With the constant crossing over of both the communities, we can expect several bigger events to happen ahead. However, it will demand a lot of promotional activities and contractual tasks outside the ring.

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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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