Anthony Joshua says Deontay Wilder didn’t have the boxing basics to trouble Tyson Fury in their trilogy match.
Wilder and Fury concluded their bitter rivalry with one of the greatest heavyweight title fights in modern history in October.
The Las Vegas show contained all the thrill and excitement worthy of a Sin City showdown, with Fury shot twice in the fourth round before descending from the web to take down Wilder.
While the “Bronze Bomber” may lack a succinct knowledge of the sweet science, he possesses the heart and courage of a champion as he blurs his way into combat.
Yet Joshua, who lost his WBA, WBO and IBF world titles to Oleksandr Usyk just a fortnight before Wilder and Fury got into a fight, believes Wilder let himself down by not adding the subtle techniques that separate the good. awesome.
“He tried, but to get that power and ferocity you have to have it here [points to his head], AJ said during aJD Sports round table.
“Before I got it right here [clenches fists] at this level you must have it here [points to his head] also.”
The likes of Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko reigned supreme in the heavyweight division with a distinctly European heavyweight style – a stiff jab followed by a big right hand.
Still, the 32-year-old believes the size of the heavyweights has now changed the game forever.
“Not nowadays [can heavyweights jab for 12 rounds] because heavyweights are different, ”Joshua added.
“I met the guy who makes gloves the other day, and he told me they never had to make any special gloves. But now the heavyweights are 17-19 stones and six foot ten. The whole division has changed over the past five years.
“And before, fighters could sting like that for 12 rounds and get away with it. They got a little tired, but they were conditioned because they were lighter.
“But now when you got fat guys [who are] 6 feet 7 inches, they get tired.