Billy Joe Saunders Defends Anthony Joshua From Critics

Published 12/22/2020, 12:38 AM EST
Boxing – Heavyweight World Title Fight – Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev – The SSE Arena, London, Britain – December 12, 2020 Anthony Joshua enters the arena before the fight Pool via REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


The boxing universe has lashed out at Anthony Joshua for not hinting at a direct fight with arch-foe Tyson Fury. On the flip side, fellow Britisher and Matchroom athlete, Billy Joe Saunders has come in to ‘AJ’s rescue. He took a shot at fans who claim that Joshua doesn’t want Tyson Fury next.

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Just because he don’t talk about it, doesn’t mean he don’t want it. That’s a lot of money to say a man don’t want. I take that with a pinch of salt. I’m sure that he’s just as eager to make it as Tyson Fury,” stated Saunders.

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‘AJ’ scored a sensational T/KO win over Kubrat Pulev on December 12. Post this exhilarating win, fans presumed he would fire some shots at Tyson Fury and hint at an upcoming fight with him. But, Joshua didn’t engage in a direct call-out towards the ‘Gypsy King’.

In his post-fight interview with Sky Sports Boxing, ‘AJ’ said, “Whoever’s got the belt, I got to compete with them. If that is Tyson Fury, let it be Tyson Fury!”

Joshua got fairly criticized for the post-fight call-out to Fury. However, Saunders felt that his fellow Englishman was equally curious to touch gloves with Fury once. He affirmed that there’s a lot of money going into this fight and Joshua would never deny that.

Read – Fury vs Joshua: Eddie Hearn Makes an Upsetting Announcement for UK Boxing Fans

Will Anthony Joshua take on Fury next?

Fans awaited Joshua to put one of the most complete performances of his career against Pulev. The heavyweight king stood true to fans’ assumptions and knocked the Bulgarian out cold in round 9 of the fight.

A win was vital here, as it put Joshua in contention to fight Tyson Fury for the undisputed heavyweight championship.

Boxing – Heavyweight World Title Fight – Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev – The SSE Arena, London, Britain – December 12, 2020 Anthony Joshua in action against Kubrat Pulev Pool via REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

‘AJ’ and Tyson Fury are the biggest names in heavyweight boxing. The duo have cemented themselves as the finest fighters of the modern-generation. A 12-round war between the two would cater to a million boxing fans.

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Furthermore, to put an end to one of the highly debatable topics of the best heavyweight boxer in the world, these two need to step inside the ring as soon as possible to settle it once for all. Both ‘AJ’ and ‘Gypsy King’ themselves are ecstatic to take each other on and put on the finest shows of boxing.

What do you make of Saunders’ statement on Joshua? Will we get to see this fight in 2021?

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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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