Since British boxer Anthony Joshua got back his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight titles from Mexican boxer Andy Ruiz, fans of the sport across the world have been clamouring for Joshua Vs a Deontay Wilder bout.
Some critics believe that Joshua is scared of the brutish style of Wilder, an American boxer who is an undefeated WBC heavyweight champion since 2015.
After Saturday’s match, Wilder came out to criticize the style Joshua used to defeat Ruiz. He described the style as a “jab-grab-hold” method.
The American boxer alleged that former heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko who is now part of Joshua’s team, influenced the British boxer with such a style.
Wilder claimed that Joshua has a survival mentality which he said made Joshua different from him. According to the American boxer, he is a “beast, a warrior, a king, an emperor” which he said are the opposites of Joshua.
Here is the analysis of the boxer:
“Joshua did what he had to do to get the win. He ran around the ring and was on his bike all day,’ Wilder told The Athletic.
“Basically, he had Klitschko in the camp and he was a lot like Klitschko: that jab-grab-hold method. That’s all he did tonight.
“You want to dominate guys, man. Maybe I’m just too rough, too hardcore and too much of a dream for this time and era, maybe the world wants that nice shit… my mentality is so different from these other fighters.
“But when I think of myself as a champion… you want to come out there and whoop his ass.
“I’m not coming in, after losing to this guy, to just dance and grab and jab and hold. ‘I’m going to show the world and convince them I am the very best and that no one is close to me, especially with what’s going on in the division right now. It’s a time of proving who is the best.
“Joshua had many times he could’ve gone for the finish after he landed the right hand. When you land the right hand, you’ve tackled the distance. When you land that punch, you know you’re in the exact position for the second time around.
“But he was so hesitant… Joshua’s mentality was to survive. The Klitschko method.
“The difference is my mentality is that of a beast, a warrior, a king, an emperor – all those things. If he calls himself a king, he’s just on the nicer side of it. This is a brutal sport and that’s how I treat it. I ain’t showing no love for anybody in that ring.’