Anthony Joshua On Deontay Wilder “He Struggles At The Top Level.”

By: Sean Crose "He isn't an elite-level fighter, in my opinion." So says heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua in a recent interview with Sky Sports. Joshua isn't referring to Aleksandr Usyk here, the man who is likely to be his next opponent, but to former WBC titlist Deontay Wilder, who is currently training for a third match with current WBC titlist Tyson Fury. "He's good," Joshua concedes of Wilder. "It's the heavyweights, so they always know one punch can change the course of a fight." Still, the IBF, WBA and WBO beltholder claims: "I've never, ever seen in the heavyweight division a fighter going to war with just one weapon, which is what they say is his (Wilder's) right hand...When you get to the top level? Trust me, that don't last anymore. That don't work." What's more, Joshua says Wilder's reliance on his right hasn't always worked as well as hoped for. "As we've seen now with certain fights of elite-level fighters," Joshua says, "he struggles at the top level, and there's a lot more of us waiting for that opportunity as well to kick his ass." So Joshua wants to get Wilder in the ring himself? Wilder has indicated otherwise. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) "This is the first time I'm talking about Deontay Wilder," he says, "so I don't know what excuses he's thinking I'm making." Joshua also lets it be known his record can do his talking for him. "I'm a throwback fighter," says the towering Englishman. "Check the resume, I've been in with all of them. The new school and the old school, and there's still a lot more to do. I'm fighting a great fighter in Usyk." As for Wilder's accusation of team Joshua avoiding him, Joshua is clear on the matter. "He'd better watch what he's saying and have a reality check," he says, "because when the day comes for me and him to face, I know what I'm capable of doing." Should he best Usyk, and should Wilder defeat Fury, there would certainly be a very good reason for Joshua and Wilder to get in the ring. That reason would be the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world. It's been ages since there's been an undisputed heavyweight champion, and it's clear fans would like to see a new one. It looked like the public was actually set to see a new undisputed heavyweight champion be crowned just a few weeks ago, when it appeared Joshua and Fury were set to fight in Saudi Arabia. An arbitrator threw cold water on the plans, however, leading Fury to schedule a third fight with Wilder instead. The post Anthony Joshua On Deontay Wilder “He Struggles At The Top Level.” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Anthony Joshua On Deontay Wilder “He Struggles At The Top Level.”

By: Sean Crose

"He isn't an elite-level fighter, in my opinion."

So says heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua in a recent interview with Sky Sports. Joshua isn't referring to Aleksandr Usyk here, the man who is likely to be his next opponent, but to former WBC titlist Deontay Wilder, who is currently training for a third match with current WBC titlist Tyson Fury. "He's good," Joshua concedes of Wilder. "It's the heavyweights, so they always know one punch can change the course of a fight." Still, the IBF, WBA and WBO beltholder claims:

"I've never, ever seen in the heavyweight division a fighter going to war with just one weapon, which is what they say is his (Wilder's) right hand...When you get to the top level? Trust me, that don't last anymore. That don't work." What's more, Joshua says Wilder's reliance on his right hasn't always worked as well as hoped for. "As we've seen now with certain fights of elite-level fighters," Joshua says, "he struggles at the top level, and there's a lot more of us waiting for that opportunity as well to kick his ass." So Joshua wants to get Wilder in the ring himself? Wilder has indicated otherwise.

(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

"This is the first time I'm talking about Deontay Wilder," he says, "so I don't know what excuses he's thinking I'm making." Joshua also lets it be known his record can do his talking for him. "I'm a throwback fighter," says the towering Englishman. "Check the resume, I've been in with all of them. The new school and the old school, and there's still a lot more to do. I'm fighting a great fighter in Usyk." As for Wilder's accusation of team Joshua avoiding him, Joshua is clear on the matter. "He'd better watch what he's saying and have a reality check," he says, "because when the day comes for me and him to face, I know what I'm capable of doing."

Should he best Usyk, and should Wilder defeat Fury, there would certainly be a very good reason for Joshua and Wilder to get in the ring. That reason would be the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world. It's been ages since there's been an undisputed heavyweight champion, and it's clear fans would like to see a new one. It looked like the public was actually set to see a new undisputed heavyweight champion be crowned just a few weeks ago, when it appeared Joshua and Fury were set to fight in Saudi Arabia. An arbitrator threw cold water on the plans, however, leading Fury to schedule a third fight with Wilder instead.

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Josh Taylor Believes Gervonta Davis Is Fighting For “Mickey Mouse Title” Against Mario Barrios

By: Hans Themistode In just a few short days, Gervonta Davis will have the opportunity to become a three-division world champion. The Baltimore native is set to take on WBA “Regular” super lightweight champion Mario Barrios at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia this Saturday night. But while the entire Davis vs. Barrios promotion has emphasized the authenticity of their championship bout, Josh Taylor simply shakes his head incredulously. “Mickey Mouse title,” said Taylor on his Twitter account. “There’s only one at lightweight!" Taylor, 30, has grown annoyed with the mere mention that Davis is fighting for a legitimate world title. Just last month, the Scottish native became the undisputed world champion at 140 pounds when he took on former unified titlist, Jose Ramirez. After dropping Ramirez in the sixth and seventh rounds, Taylor held on for a close unanimous decision victory. Considering that he now has all four major world titles sitting on his mantle at home, Taylor believes that no one outside of himself should be acknowledged as a world champion. With that said, the proliferation of world titles in the sport of boxing has allowed multiple world champions within the same sanctioning body. Despite Taylor’s claims, Davis will still look to add to his championship status. Originally, the move up in weight for Davis came as a surprise. In his most recent ring appearance, Davis took on Leo Santa Cruz at 130 pounds. Although he would go on to win, Davis mentioned that he would campaign at both 130 and 135 pounds but failed to mention a trip to 140. Still, the hard-hitting two-division champion will try his luck against the much bigger man in Barrios this Saturday night. As for the aforementioned Barrios, despite walking into their showdown with a five-inch height and four-inch reach advantage, for the first time in his career, he’ll be the underdog. The 26-year-old San Antonio native began his title reign after winning a hard fought back and forth battle against Batyr Akhmedov in 2019. Barrios has since defended his title against fringe contender Ryan Karl, stopping him in the sixth round in October of 2020. The post Josh Taylor Believes Gervonta Davis Is Fighting For “Mickey Mouse Title” Against Mario Barrios appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Josh Taylor Believes Gervonta Davis Is Fighting For “Mickey Mouse Title” Against Mario Barrios

By: Hans Themistode

In just a few short days, Gervonta Davis will have the opportunity to become a three-division world champion. The Baltimore native is set to take on WBA “Regular” super lightweight champion Mario Barrios at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia this Saturday night.

But while the entire Davis vs. Barrios promotion has emphasized the authenticity of their championship bout, Josh Taylor simply shakes his head incredulously.

“Mickey Mouse title,” said Taylor on his Twitter account. “There’s only one at lightweight!"

Taylor, 30, has grown annoyed with the mere mention that Davis is fighting for a legitimate world title. Just last month, the Scottish native became the undisputed world champion at 140 pounds when he took on former unified titlist, Jose Ramirez.

After dropping Ramirez in the sixth and seventh rounds, Taylor held on for a close unanimous decision victory. Considering that he now has all four major world titles sitting on his mantle at home, Taylor believes that no one outside of himself should be acknowledged as a world champion. With that said, the proliferation of world titles in the sport of boxing has allowed multiple world champions within the same sanctioning body.

Despite Taylor’s claims, Davis will still look to add to his championship status. Originally, the move up in weight for Davis came as a surprise. In his most recent ring appearance, Davis took on Leo Santa Cruz at 130 pounds. Although he would go on to win, Davis mentioned that he would campaign at both 130 and 135 pounds but failed to mention a trip to 140. Still, the hard-hitting two-division champion will try his luck against the much bigger man in Barrios this Saturday night.

As for the aforementioned Barrios, despite walking into their showdown with a five-inch height and four-inch reach advantage, for the first time in his career, he’ll be the underdog. The 26-year-old San Antonio native began his title reign after winning a hard fought back and forth battle against Batyr Akhmedov in 2019. Barrios has since defended his title against fringe contender Ryan Karl, stopping him in the sixth round in October of 2020.

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