Boxing fan account claims that Anthony Joshua has avoided top heavyweight fights

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A well-followed boxing fan account on Twitter is the latest to criticise the drive of Anthony Joshua.

After having been hailed by the public for so long, it seems that more and more boxing supporters are growing frustrated with their heavyweight champion of the world. 

In a flurry of tweets, @webboxingleague claimed that the most decorated heavyweight boxer, at the moment, has dodged fights against the division’s elites.

“Anthony Joshua avoided the top 3 heavyweights in the world and has not taken a belt off a legitimate champ, but yet, some of you still consider him The Man in the division. Wake Up.”

The 'top three' heavyweights that webboxingleague refers to are Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz.

And, the “some” that the page refers to is undoubtedly a big some.

Joshua is one of the most loved and best supported boxers fighting at the moment with a huge fanbase in Britain and elsewhere in the world, though, Joshua is yet to hold a big fight outside the UK.

Unlike Tyson Fury, who more and more British boxing fans are falling favour to after he returned to boxing after a lengthy stay out to fight the WBC Champion Deontay Wilder in America.

Joshua has been chasing a fight with both the Bronze Bomber and the Gypsy King for years now which has left some boxing fans both confused and frustrated.

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The page claimed in their next tweet that the rematch between Wilder and Fury would all-but put Joshua’s next fight scheduled for April 13 out of business.

“Have fun trying to sell out Wembley and getting dwarfed in PPV revenue if Fury – Wilder II gets made on April 13. Have a dose of your own medicine @EddieHearn.”

They then compared the hunger for a huge fight between the former British champion, and the current one.

“Fury’s first title shot = A HOF that reigned for 10 years on home soil that was on the verge of breaking Joe Louis’ defence record. 

"Joshua’s first title shot = Worst HW [Heavyweight] champ in history, Charles Martin, by way of the IBF stripping Fury after 10 days.”

Joshua obtained the IBF title from Martin in 2016, and then earned the vacant WBA (Super) and IBO heavyweight titles in his epic win against former world champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2017- a fight that was commended as the Fight of the Year by The Ring and the Boxing Writer Association of America.

He then earned the WBO heavyweight title earlier this year against Joseph Parker.

Joshua has also retained these titles against recognised heavyweight fighters in the form of Carlos Takam and Alexander Povetkin.

Many are starting to believe that this isn’t quite enough and that the world champion should really be striving for the bigger fights and a chance to become unified champion, aka Deontay Wilder, who Joshua has claimed doesn’t want the fight.

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