One of the biggest fights that can happen in the world of boxing today is a clash between two of the heavyweight division's most dangerous men - Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
Joshua is one of the most impressive young boxers of his generation, as the two-time Olympic gold medalist has racked up an undefeated record of 19-0 and has finished each of those opponents via knockout. His most recent win saw him capture the vacant WBA (Super) and IBO heavyweight titles, when he downed legend Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round of their April meeting.
His is currently scheduled to take on Carlos Takam this Saturday where he will defend his WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO heavyweight titles in Wales. For some time now Joshua has been considered the best heavyweight in boxing today, but one man takes exception to that comment - Deontay Wilder.
Wilder has an impressive record of his own, as the WBC heavyweight champ has racked up an unblemished 38-0 record where all but one of his opponents have been finished by way of knockout.
Boxing fans have been wanting to see a clash between Wilder and Joshua for some time now, but Wilder believes Joshua's current lack of confidence will keep the Englishmen attempting to doge him for the time being (quotes via Boxing Scene):
“When I hear stuff like that as a champion, as an aggressive champion and as a confident champion, I look at that as a lack of confidence,” Wilder told BoxingScene.com.
“He’s talking about ‘sooner or later’ or he’s talking about how long I’ve been a pro and how he needs more time. That’s a sign of weakness in your mentality to me. If you’re a champion, you must be prepared and you must be ready at all times.
"That’s what it’s about, being a champion. And if you’re not prepared, if you’re not ready for anything that comes your way, you need to give up the belt.
“When he tells me about how long I’ve been a professional, then look at Klitschko,” Wilder said. “Klitschko’s been a professional way longer than I, he’s got way more knockouts on his record than I, he’s got way more wins on his record than I and he’s been around a really long time.
"So when he’s talking about how I’ve been a professional and he needs more time for me, people don’t wanna hear that. I definitely don’t wanna hear it, and it just shows a sign of weakness.”
What are your thoughts on Wilder claiming that Joshua's lack of confidence is the reason he won't fight him yet? Do you agree with Wilder's analysis of the situation? Or is Joshua attempting to build up his name even more before engaging in what could possible be the biggest heavyweight fight of our generation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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