Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder- two of the top elites of the heavyweight division have recently found themselves at the ends of a heated verbal dismay, and recently, Joshua has made one thing clear- he doesn’t view the former WBC champion as an elite boxer.
Boxing fans are well aware of the current WBC heavyweight titleholder Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) having beef with both Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) and Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs). The former is ready to have his much-awaited trilogy fight on 24th July, while the latter was preparing for an undisputed crown with Fury but that fight is now pushed to uncertainty, and both have been on vocal back and forth with the “Gypsy King”.
Meanwhile last week, Wilder dropped a bomb that would get anyone who follows the sport excited- a potential clash against Joshua. And not only that, the “Bronze Bomber” claimed that he would obliterate the unified heavyweight champion in the squared circle, should they ever trade blows.
This, naturally, did not sit well with Joshua.
Joshua warns Wilder to “watch what he’s saying”
Getting called out by a fellow heavyweight, who is also a potential future rival, in that manner, charged up the Briton pugilist and in a recent interview with Sky Sports News, lashed out at Wilder.
“I’m an elite level fighter, not one of the tomato cans he’s knocked out,” said AJ, “he better watch what he’s saying because when the day comes for me and him, I know what I’m capable of doing… He ain’t an elite-level fighter.”
Wilder did reign as the WBC champion for four years and across a whopping ten title defenses, until he suffered his first career defeat in the rematch against Fury in February last year and in the process, lost the coveted green and gold belt.
Going into the third fight against Fury, Wilder is still the underdog and regarding his fighting style, Joshua pointed out that the American is right-hand dependent, which he claims is not working for him against the “elites”.
“I’ve never seen a fighter going to war with one weapon, his right hand,” the 31-year-old went on, “Top-level, that doesn’t work. As we’ve seen now, he struggles at the top level, and there’s a lot more of us waiting for that opportunity to kick his arse.”