Wilder: I’m on Another Level Than Joshua
Boxing’s heavyweight division is at an interesting crossroads, with the top spot in the division up for grabs between a number of elite talents. WBC champion Deontay Wilder believes that when the dust settles, he will have proven himself to be in a different league from the names he’s mentioned alongside.
Wilder will have a close eye on April’s fight between IBF champion Anthony Joshua and former unified champ Wladimir Klitschko. While many believe that fight will decide who the true top heavyweight in the world is, Wilder doesn’t see either man being on his level.
The American champion told Fight Hype that if he had to choose, he would say that Joshua would be the more exciting opponent. But he remains unthreatened by the British heavyweight’s skills:
“I mean, if you look at Joshua, Klitschko, and Parker, Parker has the WBO belt, and you take those 3 and put me up on a chart and say which one would be the most exciting fight, a lot of people would think the Joshua fight would be the most exciting fight out of the three and I think I agree. You know, a lot of hype has been built up around Joshua being that he’s in England. I think they got some wonderful fans there in England and they built the hype behind him very well…
“I definitely feel like I’m on a whole ‘nother level than Joshua. I’ve been in this game for awhile now. I’m very experienced. I think I’ve seen every style to see, you know, the major styles that I need to see. I think I’ve seen it, I’ve learned it, and that’s what allows me to adjust in the ring and do my thing. I definitely feel and know that I’m in another league of my own when you compare the two of us. But time will tell when we can get in the ring and see who’s the best man. If he continues to win and do what he gotta do, I’m definitely going to continue to win and do what I gotta do, and hopefully we can meet at the end of the year and put on a super mega-fight for the fans."
For a fight like Joshua vs. Wilder to happen, Joshua will first need to prove worthy of the lofty hype surrounding him when he takes on Klitschko on April 29. If he does so, a fight to truly determine the world’s top heavyweight between Joshua and Wilder may happen by the year’s end.