Anthony Joshua’s Speed and Lightness Was Very Surprising for a Heavyweight, Says Fabio Wardley

Published 01/13/2021, 9:03 AM EST
DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua looks on with a cut to his left eye 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)

Anthony Joshua is one of the finest boxers of this century. He climbed the heavyweight ladders and reached the pinnacle in no time. His unmatched skill-sets, power, and work ethics have made him a flamboyant star of the sport today. ‘AJ’ has unquestionably inspired millions of young fighters and athletes to take up boxing as a sport.


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One such stalwart inspired by him back in the UK is Fabio Wardley.

Wardley is a 10-0 professional boxer from Britain, who is also cited as the brightest rising heavyweight prospect from the UK.


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Fabio Wardley after winning during the Heavyweight contest at the O2 Arena, London. (Photo by Steven Paston/PA Images via Getty Images)

Wardley has even sparred with the heavyweight champion and had some words of wisdom for him.

The one thing that I have said that when I came out of that spar, which I was impressed by, was how light and fluid he was on his feet, especially for someone of that size,” said Wardley.

It was something I was quite surprised at because I’ve sparred big guys. I’m used to being the one that’s quicker and sharper, and lighter on my feet.” 

Joshua stunned Wardley with his quick movements and punches. Wardley asserted that there have been a very few heavyweights who move swiftly like that and land big shots.

Not only did Wardley spar with ‘AJ’ but he was fortunate enough to spar another staunch heavyweight contender, Oleksandr Usyk. He admitted that Usyk is the one who constantly throws punches at his opponents without getting tired.

He admits on taking lessons from Joshua and Usyk both to employ it in his game plan for the future.

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Is Anthony Joshua the best heavyweight from UK?

Joshua has emerged as the face of modern-heavyweights in no time. At age 31, he has the most decorated career in the sport with 24 wins and just a single loss. The Brit possesses some real knockout power, which has helped him dispatch 22 of his opponents by T/KO.


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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

Considering his weapons in vast artillery, Joshua is the undeniable biggest heavyweight star from the UK.

He still goes strong and looks to cement himself as the undisputed king of the big division. ‘AJ’ will look to make 2021 as his usual year, wherein he’ll look forward to strengthening his resume.


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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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