WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder gave his opinion on both Tyson Fury's and Anthony Joshua's victories over former champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Tyson Fury won the WBO, IBF, IBO, and WBA heavyweight titles by dethroning Klitschko in November 2015 via unanimous decision.
In April this year, Joshua knocked out Klitschko in the 11th round at Wembley, London, in front of 90,000 fans.
It was Klitschko's first and only fight since the loss to Fury.
Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) is much more impressed by Fury's win, compared to AJ's, however.
"The Bronze Bomber" feels Joshua's TKO victory is extremely overhyped.
In the fight, Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) was found by Klitschko's heavy right hand in the sixth round and hit the canvas for the first time in his professional career.
In spite of the serious trouble he looked to be in, the British star managed to recover and dropped Klitschko twice in the 11th, before the referee stopped the fight and awarded Joshua the TKO victory.
Although Joshua's win was far more spectacular, Wilder believes that Fury did the harder job.
"It’s impressive to a lot of people. To be honest, to me, it’s like, hey, Tyson Fury beat him while he was a champion, and he went to his back yard to do it! That’s more impressive to me," Wilder explained to The42.
"That’s more impressive to me than a Klitschko, who’s gotten older, with a 17-month layoff, that already got beaten, coming back just to get knocked out. How impressive is that, really?”
Another key factor for Klitschko's defeat, according to Wilder, was the absence of his former trainer Emanuel Steward from his corner.
Steward passed away in 2012 and since then, his assistant Jonathan Banks took over the training process.
"I had Klitschko to beat him, and Klitschko had the opportunity to do so, but he made the wrong decisions in the ring, and that’s a fact," Wilder admitted.
“No disrespect to my man JB (Jonathan Banks) as Klitschko’s trainer – I love JB – but if he had Emanuel Steward, it would have been a different Klitschko.
"And I don’t blame that on JB. I really blame it on Klitschko himself, because after Emanuel Steward, you can tell that Klitschko – no matter what he hears from JB – he’s going to do what he want to do, regardless. The respect he had for Emanuel and the respect he has for JB are two different respects.
“The champion should be Wladimir Klitschko right now. Joshua knows that. But that’s the past, and it’s time to look to the present and try to make a better future.
"That future is me versus Anthony Joshua in a unification fight. Me and Joshua will be a great fight too, but it gonna end bad for somebody. No more excuses."
Wilder is on the hunt for a unification fight with Joshua for quite a while. Recently, AJ promised the fans that the fight will take place in 2018 for sure
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