If there is one person who knows a thing or two about mammoth unification boxing bouts, it is the only ever former undisputed cruiserweight and heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, who has now thrown his prediction on the table as to the outcome of the much rumoured 2018 mega unification fight between WBA, IBF and IBO champion Anthony Joshua and WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
Both undefeated and keen to square off, it is likely the pair will meet, providing they emerge victorious from their upcoming fights over the next few weeks and Holyfield is backing the Brit to maintain his 100% professional record.
"I do think Joshua does have the edge, because he's the more complete fighter, but it all depends upon how they fight on the night. You are only as good as your last fight," Holyfield said, as per Boxing Scene.
Holyfield, at a WBC event yesterday, admitted the character Joshua displayed in his last outing against Wladimir Klitschko will help him going forward, should this dream fight for boxing fans ever come to fruition.
"Anthony was knocked down hard by Wladimir Klitschko and he was hurt. But came back and showed heart. You don't learn how to get up until you're knocked down. Until you get knocked down, you don't think you can get knocked down."
This feeling of being on the canvas, Holyfield argues, is the toughest test a boxer can go through in ring and a problem Wilder is yet to encounter, so may not have the capacity or know how to react to being knocked down.
'The Real Deal' Holyfield recounts his first time being put to the ground in a professional ring and talks through how he dealt best with this situation, and the difficulty he faced in doing so.
He added: "The first time I was knocked down, I was seventeen years. It didn't hurt, it just embarrassed me. The thing was...getting up.”
However, the former Olympian Joshua wouldn't necessarily find a fixture against the also unbeaten Wilder a walk in the park. As is often the case in boxing, anyone can beat anyone and anything can happen at any time so fans shouldn't be surprised if the American finds a way to topple Anthony.
Infuriatingly, it seems as though any bout of this magnitude will have to wait until 2018, with Joshua scheduled to wage war with Kubrat Pulev in just under three weeks' time. Whilst on the other hand, 'The Bronze Bomber' is currently penciled in to fight Luis Ortiz on November 4 in Brooklyn.
Ortiz recently failed a drugs test but it is not yet known whether their unification clash will still go ahed.
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