Following Day Of Reckoning Card, 3X World Champion Remains Brutally Honest About Anthony Joshua’s Win And Deontay Wilder’s Upset Loss

Published 12/28/2023, 9:56 PM EST

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The ‘Day of Reckoning’ brought in a few surprises. Fans waited for Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua to win their respective fights to open the door to their much-anticipated fight. However, Wilder ended up losing to Joseph Parker while Joshua secured his victory against Otto Wallin. Wilder, as would be expected, received quite a bit of backlash after his performance.

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On the contrary, praise has been coming non-stop for Joshua. Amongst the many who cheered, a 3-division world champion showed up to congratulate them. Badou Jack showed his respect and admiration for Joshua and Parker after they won their respective fights. Jack is a top competitor in his weight class just like Joshua. His praise excited the fans as it showcased a sign of mutual appreciation and friendship. Let us see what Jack had to say in the post-fight interview.

Badou Jack praises Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker

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As Joshua dominated Wallin in what was supposed to be a fair fight, an impressed Badou Jack in the post-fight interview started by saying, “I’m very proud of AJ, he looks like his old self, like he looked good.” He proceeded to mention how impressive Joshua looked. According to Jack, the Brit looked more relaxed and threw a lot of punches. ‘The Ripper’ went on to explain how the former two-time world champion was good against tall and technical boxers.

 

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The interview then took a turn, where Jack talked about Wilder. According to him, Wilder did not use his jab enough and waited too long. He said, “He waited until the last round, it was too late. Parker looked good.”. He went on to praise Parker on his skills.

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Moreover, in the future, Jack is interested in seeing Joshua vs. Fury. Jack also went on to say how Fury overlooked Ngannou and he would be more prepared for Usyk. Safe to say, the fights that happened on the ‘Day of Reckoning’  shook up the heavyweight division.

What is the fate of the heavyweight division now?

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Prior to the unexpected upset, there had been longstanding anticipation for a bout between Joshua and Wilder. However, with Wilder’s recent defeat and the anticipated match now in jeopardy, Joshua is in search of his next significant opponent. Adding to the stakes, Joshua has ascended to the No. 2 spot in the IBF heavyweight rankings following his victory over Wallin. Presently, Oleksandr Usyk holds the IBF title, along with the WBA and WBO titles.

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The Ukranian is also actively seeking a showdown with Tyson Fury to vie for the WBC title and unify the division. In the event that Usyk triumphs over Fury in their scheduled bout on February 14 next year, Joshua may have the opportunity to face Usyk for all the titles. Alternatively, if Fury emerges victorious, Joshua could set his sights on a match against him. Wilder’s defeat has changed all plans.

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How do you think the future matches will unfold? Who should be pitched against whom in the heavyweight division? We would love to hear your views.

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Prachi Prava Senapati

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The Greatest aka Muhammad Ali would always say, “We can’t be brave without fear.” I am a Boxing author at EssentiallySports and was first drawn to the boxing gym when a friend of mine came to meet me with her hand wraps still on. After arranging enough resources, I joined the gym and eventually tried my hand at MMA as well.
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