Anthony Joshua warned of the boxing legend’s next fight against Deontay Wilder after back-to-back losses from Oleksandr Usyk
ANTHONY JOSHUA has been warned to fight Deontay Wilder next after losing to Oleksandr Usyk in a row.
Joshua was twice outperformed on the spin by Usyk, who won and then retained the unified WBA, IBF, and WBO belts.
Meanwhile, Wilder, 37, knocked out Robert Helenius, 38, in round one of his October comeback fight.
His manager Shelly Finkel and trainer Malik Scott have both urged the American ex-WBC champion to fight AJ in 2023.
But boxing legend Roy Jones Jr insisted Joshua, 33, cannot throw himself into a fight of such magnitude and danger after beating Usyk, 35.
He told iD Boxing: “He can’t go into a fight with Deontay Wilder after losing two fights to Usyk. That doesn’t make any sense at all.
“Now if you find someone who isn’t quite the puncher that Wilder is, bring yourself back and get back to winning.
“Then you can get used to the adjustments your new coach will make to you.
“Once you get into those adjustments you fight Wilder because hopefully those adjustments have made you better and you have confidence then you can get in the ring with Wilder because you can probably beat Wilder.
“But when you’re going down two losses against Usyk and the confidence is already down by the time Wilder hits you, you don’t know.
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“This is going crazy. Wilder is a phenomenal heavyweight; Wilder is one of the hardest hitting heavyweights in the fight right now.
“Against Wilder you have to be error-proof, you make a mistake with Wilder and it could be over.”
Joshua will return in a confidence-inspiring comeback fight in the spring.
And he’s in the US looking for a new coach after splitting from Robert Garcia, a role Jones Jr. is open to.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6985982/anthony-joshua-fight-deontay-wilder-boxing-oleksandr-usyk/ Anthony Joshua warned of the boxing legend’s next fight against Deontay Wilder after back-to-back losses from Oleksandr Usyk