Holmes: Joshua-Wilder is 50/50

Hall of Famer Larry Holmes believes IBF, WBA, IBO world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has the potential to be one of the greatest boxers of all time.

The 67-year-old former champion admits he has been impressed by Joshua, whose next title defense is on October 28 when he faces Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

Joshua a 2012 Olympic gold medal winner, is regarded by many as the biggest draw in the sport, and Holmes thinks that he can exceed where he is now.

 “I got to be heavyweight champion of the world when I was 30 years old and this guy (Joshua) is just at 27. I think he has a great opportunity to make himself known as one of the greatest fighters of all time. You’ve always got to think you are better than the next guy. If he keeps going I think he’ll be strong and I that’s what’s going to make him a great fighter.

“If he can stay hungry he will be okay. He’s fighting whatever is out there and he’s going to be able to climb that ladder because he knows how to fight.”

Holmes believes a fight between Joshua and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, who defends his title against Bermane Stiverne on November 4 would be too close to call.

“I’d flip a coin because both guys are big and punch very well. That’s one fight I really don’t want to call. Wilder’s got a good punch, which they both do, and they can both take a punch.”

 

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