Joshua advises Wilder to take more tutorials before challenging him
Anthony Joshua has classy words for Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder as he gives his honest opinion on all heavyweight contenders.
As usual with boxing, fans are always looking to the next possible fight and that’s certainly the case for Anthony Joshua now he has regained his world titles.
AJ defeated Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday night to regain the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight belts that he lost to the Mexican-American in June.
While everyone would like to see Joshua take on the winner of Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s February 22 rematch, he’ll have some mandatory challengers to deal with first.
The WBO have already insisted Oleksandr Usyk will be next in line for them, but Eddie Hearn has suggested Kubrat Pulev looks like he’ll be first up for Joshua for the IBF belt.
The landscape of the heavyweight division has changed dramatically over the past year and now it seems there are more contenders than ever.
Speaking after his victory in Saudi Arabia, Joshua evaluated all of his competition in an interview with Sky Sports.
After saying he thinks Tyson Fury has drawn inspiration from Muhammad Ali and Dillian Whyte has done brilliantly to return and clear his name, AJ also had some classy words for Deontay Wilder, too.
“Deontay Wilder, very talented,” said the Brit. “They’ve built him up very wisely and let him gain a lot of experience which I think every fighter needs.”
“If I was managing a fighter I’d tell you to have as many learning fights as you can because once you cross over to world championship level, there’s no turning back.
“Even though it took Wilder a few more fights than myself to get there, when he crossed over to world championship level he never looked back.
“His success and his route to success has worked out perfectly for him, so congratulations to him and congratulations to his team.”
AJ also added on the ‘Gypsy King’ Fury: “He talks a good game, fights a good game and he’s a talented heavyweight boxer.”