Is Anthony Joshua Overrated?

Published 12/25/2020, 10:47 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 most renowned boxer on the planet. In fact, he is no less than a brand in the modern boxing era. Over the years, he has dismantled his opponents to make his way to the top.

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He currently holds the WBO, WBA, and IBF heavyweight titles of the world. Even after his stellar boxing career, a big question keeps popping up among boxing enthusiasts: Is ‘AJ’ overrated?

Joshua made his pro-boxing debut in 2013. Up till now, he has stepped inside the ring 25 times and put 22 of his opponents to sleep via T/KO. With a staggering 88% knockout ratio, he’s possibly the most intimidating fighter on the roster.

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Even after such amazing numbers, Joshua is always written off before a big fight. He keeps proving his critics wrong by securing daunting knockout victories but still doesn’t make it to the top of boxing fans’ list.

On the flip side, fans laud his rival Tyson Fury in terms of power, fight IQ, and the ability to come back.

As a result, Joshua is expected to touch gloves with the ‘Gypsy King’ by mid-2021. But even before the fight, fans are betting heavily in favour of Fury.

The Brit has an advantage over Joshua in terms of the number of battles fought (31). But there’s just no comparison on who the more powerful fighter is.

Even if we disregard his knockout prowess for once, in the past, we’ve seen Joshua coming back in later rounds of the fight to shock his opponents through an unprecedented fight IQ.

In fact, in his recent battle against Kubrat Pulev, many boxing enthusiasts presumed that Joshua would suffer his second pro-boxing loss. To everyone’s surprise, ‘AJ’ reverted with a sensational KO win in round 9.

Read – Anthony Joshua: Fight With Tyson Fury Needs ‘A Bit of Time’

Anthony Joshua- The champion underdog

The only milestone left for Anthony Joshua is a heavyweight titles unification bout against the ‘Gypsy King’. Any overrated or over-hyped fighter cannot just reach a level where Joshua stands today.

He’s the uncontested monarch of a mammoth division. He possesses all the skill sets in the world required to be an undisputed champion.

DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua (r) punches Andy Ruiz Jr during 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)

‘AJ’ has the most captivating physique and frame that has helped him immensely in running through his opponents.

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Joshua will certainly exhibit his years of hard work to create magic against Fury inside the ring. We envision Joshua getting his hand raised in this fight if he can perfectly execute his unmatched striking capabilities.

How much will you rate Joshua’s career on a scale of 1-10?

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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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