Deontay Wilder’s Former Coach Gives an Honest Take on Anthony Joshua : ‘I’d Put Him to Sleep’

Published 02/07/2021, 5:45 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 06: Anthony Joshua during the press conference for Andy Ruiz Jr. v Anthony Joshua 2 ‘Clash on the Dunes’ at the Hilton Syon Park on September 06, 2019 in London, England. Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr will have a Heavyweight World Title rematch fight on December 7th 2019 in the historical town of Diriyah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Anthony Joshua is the current unified world champion and has suffered just one professional defeat in an eight-year professional career. The Brit has treated fans to his serious knockout power in every professional bout. With his vast skill sets, Joshua has dispatched dozens of opponents and has fast-tracked his way to the summit.

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Whilst his abilities have astounded one and all, Deontay Wilder‘s ex-trainer Mark Breland wasn’t too impressed by ‘AJ’. While he was in a chat with Stamina for Sale alongside The Fight is Right, he opened up on Joshua’s style of fighting.

Here he said, “To be honest, I could beat Anthony Joshua. Doesn’t have a jab at all. I would out-jab him. I don’t think he’d be able to touch me. I’d put him to sleep. Fury would beat him up… He’s just straightforward, he’s not hard to hit.”

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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

Breland, 57, is also a former boxer, and he feels Joshua isn’t tough to beat. Even at his current age, he believes he can knock Joshua out cold. Breland pointed out that ‘AJ’ doesn’t throw jabs at all and he can ‘out-jab’ him if they collide. Though Joshua has crushing power, the American asserted that he’s only a straightforward fighter, relying on his strength.

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Will Anthony Joshua have a tough time inside the ring against Tyson Fury?

In the abovementioned statement, Mark Breland stated Tyson Fury will beat Joshua easily. However, Joshua would like to note down these junctures and work on the same from hereon. The Brit is aware of the prize that the Fury fight carries, and he’ll like to not have a single chink in his armor against ‘The Gypsy King’.

Even though the bout isn’t official, Joshua has begun his hefty training sessions for the biggest fight of his life. He would like to respond to all his doubters with a staunch in-ring display.

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His fans will be intrigued to see what changes he brings into his game plan in this electrifying battle.

Do you agree with Mark Breland’s remarks on Joshua?

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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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