Former unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has fired back at Deontay Wilder for the latter’s comments regarding his identity.
We are different, my identity is strong: Anthony Joshua
Wilder and Joshua will be part of the upcoming December 23 boxing event in Saudi Arabia. While Joshua will lock horns against Otto Wallin, the former WBC champ Wilder will square off against another former champ in Joseph Parker.
There’s a high chance that we will see Joshua vs. Wilder sometime in the first half of next year, provided that they both win their respective fights next month. However, the grudge between the two is already forming, with the recent comments from the “Bronze Bomber” regarding Joshua’s identity igniting the flame.
“I worry about every fight he is in. We question Joshua about his identity. Eddie Hearn built Anthony Joshua, he wasn’t born a champion, he was made a champion,” said Wilder recently. “They did an amazing job of promoting him and getting him to the top. I would’ve been the undisputed heavyweight world champion many years ago if I had the opportunities he was given.”
Upon hearing Wilder’s statement, Joshua responded by saying that his identity was built faster and stronger.
“Who the f— is he? He’s a boxer, not a psychologist. The boy has had 50 fights and he fought Jason Gavern in his 30-something fight, I probably fought him in my twelfth,” said Joshua, as per The Sun. “We are different, my identity is strong. If they’re looking for weaknesses and gaps, then they need to stop looking over here because I’m solid.” [H/T Boxing Scene]