U.K. has fostered some great champions in the past, Lennox Lewis, Frank Bruno to name a few and now one of the biggest stars in the game, Anthony Joshua.
He was always an attraction to the U.K. crowd but caught the attention of the US public after his performance against Wladmir Klitschko.
A fan favorite and humble character, Joshua was brought up with a troubled childhood where boxing kept him safe and out of harms way. Now he’s on the verge of being a global superstar.
Americans once controlled the heavyweight scene and when Deontay Wilder won the WBC world title a couple of years ago everybody thought that he would be next star to bring heavyweight boxing back to the masses but he failed to materialize.
Lackluster performances against weak opposition have taken him from once being a rising fan favorite star to a world champion who is becoming irrelevant.
Joshua, who in his short career this far, has been able to sell out crowds and fill up to 90,000 during his last fight while Wilder cannot even sell out arenas in his home town.
Since Joshua’s victory, Wilder has been more vocal and been hyping a fight between the two but a lot of the hardcore boxing fans suspect that it’s all talk.
Wilder’s toughest opponent was Stiverne who he won the championship from, but has failed to face top quality opposition since. He declined to fight Klitschko a few years ago and recently turned down a fight with Dillian Whyte.
We all hope this fight does come to fruition, but given Wilder’s tactics and current fight strategy, I don’t foresee this happening any time soon. But if it does happen, Joshua would easily win this bout.
The other notable American in the top ten rankings is Dominic Breazeale (a 2012 Olympian) who gave a good account of himself against Joshua but fell short and was stopped late on. He was impressive in his last outing though, when he came back from behind to stop Izuagbe Ugonoh earlier this year.
Philadelphia’s Bryant Jennings was talked about previously but then a couple of losses put him down the pecking order. His most notable performance was when he took Klitschko the distance at Madison Square Garden, even though he lost, he increased his popularity with a solid performance. Some may argue that Klitschko was declining (and subsequently he lost his next fight to Tyson Fury) but fans thought that Jennings would bounce back and become a notable force in the division but he took another setback in his next fight when he was stopped by Cuba’s Louis Ortiz.
Nevertheless, the heavyweight division looks like it has its spark slightly back and everyone is talking about Joshua. Will the Wilder fight happen soon, probably not likely but we hope to see some great fights in this division soon.