Despite Tyson Fury’s Recent Claims, Anthony Joshua Confident About Beating Deontay Wilder

Published 06/23/2021, 1:41 PM EDT
DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title belts after the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


It’s been three giants that have been ruling over the heavyweight division in the modern era of boxing. Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, and Anthony Joshua.

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Their paths intertwining is not a coincidence, but only a matter of time. Fury and Wilder are about to contest for the third time for the WBC belt.

Tyson Fury, who has always been respectful of the ‘Bronze Bomber’s power, has said that he believes he will make quick work of WBO, WBA, and IBF champion.

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For the first time, Joshua has addressed comparisons between

the American heavyweight. In an interview with SkySports, he appeared to be not as impressed by the American as Fury is.

 

“He ain’t an elite-level fighter, in my opinion. He’s good, he’s good. It’s heavyweights, so they always know one punch can change the course of the fight.

“But, I’ve never ever seen in the heavyweight division a fighter going to war with one weapon in his arsenal. Which is what they say is his right hand. But when you get to top-level, trust me, that don’t last anymore, that doesn’t work,” he said.

Is Anthony Joshua short-selling the ‘Bronze Bomber’?

Deontay Wilder was dislodged from his WBC throne by a surging Fury in 2019. In their first fight, however, he was able to knock Fury out in the 12th.

Fury, famously, was able to get back up from a flush knockout in 10 seconds and the fight went to a draw. In 44 professional fights, Wilder has knocked out 42 of his 43 opponents.

The 1 draw and 1 defeat were against Fury. However, Joshua discredits his record and explains that Wilder would have a tough time with him.

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“I am an elite-level fighter. I am not one of the tomato cans that he has knocked out. He better watch what he is saying and have a reality check,” Joshua asserts.

“He struggles, he struggles at the top level and there’s a lot more of us waiting for that opportunity as well to kick his ass. He’s going to struggle when he comes to fight people like myself and other heavyweights,” Joshua added.

Boxing prodigy Claressa Shields commented on Joshua’s assessment. She said that the American has only struggled but once in his long career.

Wilder has himself asserted that he will knock Joshua out in a devastating fashion. His arch-nemesis, Tyson Fury, is also confident that the ‘Bronze Bomber’ would stand tall over the former Olympic champ Joshua.

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Fury has maintained that Wilder would knock Joshua out early if they fight. Given the firepower Wilder possesses in his right hand, it is never not a possibility.

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Akshit Pushkarna

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Akshit Pushkarna, who has a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication, is an MMA writer for EssentiallySports. Before his current role, Akshit worked on the Urban Development beat at the Urban Update magazine. However, combat sports always called out to Akshit, who pursued both boxing and wrestling at a regional level before shifting his focus to MMA journalism.

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