Nigerian-born world boxing heavyweight champion, Anthony Olaseni Oluwafemi Joshua has thrown a poser at American rival, Deontay Wilder, with a view that the former single belt holder might not have a bright future in the pugilists’ trade.
Megasportsareena.com gathered that, speaking against the backdrop of reports that a much-expected third fight between Wilder (The Bronze Bomber) and Britain’s Tyson Fury has been cancelled, Joshua wondered if it is not the end for the man from USA.
‘AJ’ added that he cannot wait for Wilder to break his silence and questioned whether the American is working on a new master plan, after the fallen champ’s move for a quick revival was derailed following Fury’s admission that a third fight will not happen.
Fury who took the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight belt from Wilder last year is now seeking an alternative opponent for a homecoming bout in December, thereby ending all expectation of a third mega-fight between ‘The Gypsy King’ and the American.
On the other hand, Joshua is preparing for his own world title defence against Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev at London’s O2 Arena on December 12, but he disclosed that he is wondering why Wilder is yet to speak out about his next plan of action.
The Nigerian-born Brit recalls how he also previously came under intense scrutiny following his first professional loss to Andy Ruiz Jr last June, before regaining the belt last December in Saudi Arabia, and ‘AJ’ opined that Wilder should also be vocal about his comeback plans.
Joshua told Sky Sports News: “I don’t know, so I can’t speak on everyone’s situation, but just from my humble opinion, after a loss, things change. You distance yourself. The world is cruel. You’ve got to have a thick skin.
“Either he’s putting together a master plan – he’s in a lab right now, with his science glasses on, studying Fury’s every move. Either he’s doing that, or he’s sitting at the edge of that lake, with his head in his hands and thinking, ‘What’s going on?’
“One minute you’re on top of the world, and the next minute you’re not. That’s the name of the game we’re in.”