Anthony Joshua “Not a Quarter” of Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, Says John Fury

Published 10/19/2021, 1:04 PM EDT


Since the night of September 25, the heavyweight division has now entered its next wave. Tyson Fury beat Deontay Wilder and is still the WBC champion; however, Anthony Joshua is no longer the unified king of the division. There is a new champ on the block; after hunting down the top dogs in the cruiserweight class, Oleksandr Usyk is now the new face of the heavyweight division.

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Tyson Fury‘s father, John Fury, recently shared his thoughts on Anthony Joshua losing his throne to the Ukrainian champion. He suggested that Joshua’s game comes nowhere close to what Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury bring to the table. John Fury also highlighted that AJ lacks the will and desire to reclaim his throne from Usyk.

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You know, AJ, he didn’t do anything wrong. You can only do what you can do in boxing, he just hasn’t got the desire or the will, not a quarter of it of these other two men, Wilder or my son. 

Listen, he’s been a good champion. But does he beat these other two men? Definitely not, because he’s not a one-punch knockout artist like Wilder either,” said John Fury.

Anthony Joshua is now making moves across the chessboard

John Fury thinks the former two-time unified heavyweight champion lacks the will and desire to regain his throne; however, it seems Joshua is now making major moves across the chessboard.

Earlier this week, the Englishman was pictured at a gym in San Diego where Eddy Reynoso trains boxing’s p4p king, Canelo Alvarez and some other big names in pro-boxing as well.

Apart from just Canelo’s gym, new pictures show that Joshua visited Virgil Hunter’s gym and caught up with trainer Ronnie Shield as well.

So, why is Anthony Joshua visiting top trainers and some of the best gyms Stateside? Is AJ leaving his long-time trainer, Rob McCracken?

These questions could be answered in the coming months. For now, it seems Joshua has realized that he needs to make significant changes in his approach to get past Oleksandr Usyk in the rematch.

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His first go at the former undisputed cruiserweight champion felt incomplete; even with a clear height, weight, reach and size advantage, Joshua still seemed hesitant to use his power on Usyk.

It seemed as if the Ukrainian fighter’s southpaw movement was a bit much for AJ to handle.

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Do you think switching to a trainer like Eddy Reynoso could help AJ correct his mistakes in the first fight?

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused his passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the sweet science, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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