Anthony Joshua is a bad motherfucker…
After another victory and one-sided display, Joshua continues to dominate the heavyweight division. A good victory and a dominant display, although tougher than expected against a solid opponent in Takem.
Here’s what we learnt from his victory:
1) Joshua is willing to fight anybody. Does Wilder really want to step into the ring with Joshua or is he all talk? Wilder has been running his mouth but has not backed it up with his choice of opponents or performance. Will the fight happen – we think so but we believe it’s Wilder who is the one stalling.
2) Joshua is the best heavyweight at this moment. He looks solid in each performance and continues to improve. His sheer size and physique is what a heavyweight champion should look like and he’s still young and continues to learn.
3) Nobody will beat Joshua. Apart from Wilder, who else poses a threat? There is no other heavyweight that would be a risky fight for Joshua and this could be another Klitschko type of era where you have one fighter dominating the division for many years due to lack of elite opposition.
4) The boxing fanbase loves Joshua. He previously sold out Wembley Stadium and now broke another record for indoor attendance in Cardiff at Millennium Stadium for a boxing fight. Both fights surpassed 80,000 spectators in attendance.
In contrast, Wilder has done the opposite, rarely filling stadiums and mainly fighting in his home town of Alabama which draws significantly smaller crowds. With the exception of Canelo and GGG, Joshua is currently one of the biggest draws in the sport.
5) He has a great team and promotor. Eddie Hearn has promoted Joshua since he turned professional and has taken him to stardom. He is a role model among the millions of fans that idolize him in the UK and has endorsement deals with the likes of Beats by Dre and Under Amour to name a few. Sponsorships are very hard to come by in this sport; even Floyd Mayweather never had any endorsements (outside of one of his fights). Showtime has also picked up the rights to air all Joshua fights in the US, so his American fanbase should continue to grow. Joshua’s humble attitude and character has turned him into a well-liked athlete and his popularity will continue to flourish.
Next week Deontay Wilder steps back in the ring against Bermane Stiverne, a rematch from a few years ago when Wilder first won the WBC title. An interesting bout although fans would have liked to seen a tougher opponent. You can’t blame Wider for this one, given Ortiz pulled out due to a failed drugs test. Will a victory here for Wilder setup a clash against Joshua for early next year?….We certainly hope so.