Anthony Joshua Trashes Deontay Wilder: “He Isn’t an Elite-Level Fighter”

Published 06/22/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 04: Anthony Joshua speaks to the media during the Clash On The Dunes Press Conference at the Diriyah Season Hospitality Lounge on December 04, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Over so many years, boxing fans have seen extensive rivalries between the best technicians of the sport. Some of these rivalries ended inside the squared circle, whereas some only stayed in the pipeline. One such cosmic feud that prevails in the heavyweight division today is between Anthony Joshua and the ex-WBC heavyweight champ, Deontay Wilder.

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Both these hard-hitting heavyweights never spare a chance to mock each other. That said, recently, the unified heavyweight kingpin, Anthony Joshua, went all guns blazing against ‘The Bronze Bomber’.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said, “He isn’t an elite-level fighter, in my opinion. He’s good. It’s the heavyweights, so they always know one punch can change the course of a fight.”

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“But I’ve never, ever seen in the heavyweight division a fighter going to war with just one weapon, which is what they say is his right hand.

“As we’ve seen now with certain fights of elite-level fighters, he struggles at the top level, and there’s a lot more of us waiting for that opportunity as well to kick his ass.”

Wilder, in his last fight against Tyson Fury, got badly exposed with his game plan and strategies. The Brit smothered Wilder to the pulp and didn’t let him land his dynamite like right hands successfully in the fight. As a result, the world saw a fleck in the Alabama native’s game plan and ‘AJ’ in his above comments spoke on the same.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Anthony Joshua trains during a media workout on October 17, 2017, in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

With this, the rift between Wilder and Joshua seems to have elevated to the next level and fans reckon what’s next between the pair.

Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder – where will this feud end?

Joshua and Wilder are the biggest faces of the stacked heavyweight division. Over the course of their exemplary run, the pair has battered every opponent they’ve faced and they still seem to be in their top momentum.

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With that, this might be the ideal time for the pair to collide with each other and end their rift once for all.

Also, this contest will lure the fans to a great extent because it has all the essential elements to be an absolute thriller.

Everyone in the combat sports fraternity will be keen to see if this duo realistically takes up the ring space. Joshua vs Wilder, does this matchup excite you?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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