In a truly fascinating video, Anthony Joshua has sat down with Sky Sports News and analysed Deontay Wilder’s last two knockout victories.
The British champ, who dethroned Andy Ruiz Jr in December in Saudi Arabia to reclaim his lost titles, is still on the hunt to unify the heavyweight division and it’s Wilder who stands in his way.
The WBC belt is the only one that has so far avoided AJ, and if he were to win that, he would unify the whole division, which is something he’s wanted ever since winning his first belt a few years ago.
However, as we all know, it’s a lot easier said than done. Months and months and months of trash talk and verbals exchanged, but nothing concrete or no deals agreed.
Joshua is fighting his people, whilst Wilder is fighting his. Somehow, the two have yet to cross paths, despite the fight being the obvious choice.
In recent times, Joshua has had a double header with Ruiz Jr, losing one and then winning the rematch, whilst Wilder has shared the ring with Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz.
Now, in an interview with Sky Sports, AJ himself has rewatched those Wilder fights and he’s shared his thoughts regarding the brutal knockouts.
Talking about the Wilder vs Breazeale fight, which ended in a first round KO, Joshua stated: “It’s a situation where two fighters are squared up and then the engagement part is you’re expecting a jab to come, something just to switch you back on.
“But what Wilder does, he gets straight to the jab and follows up with a meaty right hand.
“So it’s like the element of surprise for Breazeale. It’s just too late. That’s why in boxing they say you have to protect yourself at all times.
“A second too late is a second counted out and Wilder defends his WBC title once again.
“No, it [his power] is not scary, but I know it’s there.
“There are certain punches. Some are like concussive, some are stinging and some are like punches where they knock you out with one punch and you’re out for the count.
“Wilder possesses that kind of power. It’s about eliminating that power and just studying how to deal with it really. Breazeale may not have studied his opponent to a certain degree where he could’ve been victorious.
“I’ve had 24 fights, Wilder’s had, what? 42? If I’d had 42 fights, I’d knock Breazeale out the same way because I’ve got a bagful of experience.
“It’s a good knockout but for a man that’s been pro 11 years and had 40-odd fights, he should be knocking a guy out like that.
“I think Wilder does what he’s supposed to do at the level he’s at.”
Moving swiftly on, AJ then discussed Wilder’s win over Ortiz. As we know, the American was losing the fight on the scorecards, but one punch in the seventh changed all that, and it was the Bronze Bomber who retained his title.
Discussing the KO, Joshua said: “The good thing he does here, his back’s on the ropes against Ortiz, which is a dangerous place to be because on the ropes there’s no room to create space.
“But what he does, he flicks the jab out to make Ortiz think, ‘Hang on a minute, there’s something coming back if I dive in.’
“So Ortiz steps back and follows him across. What Wilder does as he’s moving round to get more space, from the ropes he’s moved around, he’s the general in the ring because he’s got all the space behind him.
“Now Ortiz’s back is on the ropes, which is a very dangerous place for Ortiz, so Wilder’s done a great thing there to turn the tables.
“He’s controlling with the lead hand. Not every jab is gonna land, sometimes we just use it as a smokescreen to put something there.
“And once that jab touches your hand, your shoulder, your face, I know this bad boy [the right hand] is gonna follow.
“As we saw with Breazeale, that’s all she wrote.
“He wouldn’t be there to do that in the seventh round [against me]. I would go in to knock him out. It’s heavyweight against heavyweight, champion against champion.
“This is a serious fight, so I ain’t going to go in there to try and outbox him for 12 rounds, because of his punching power as well.
“I’ve got to go in there and take him out. Don’t let him get too comfortable in the ring with me.”
With a new year arriving and 2019 in the past, let’s hope the year 2020 is when we finally get some form of agreement in place between Joshua and Wilder.
Who knows, though, it could be Joshua and Tyson Fury if February 22 goes the way of the Gypsy King.