If Anthony Joshua Accepted Step-Aside Deal, This Is What Vitali Klitschko Would’ve Thought Of It

Former WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko gave his thoughts on Anthony Joshua’s situation.

On Thursday, reports said Joshua and Dillian Whyte have rejected their respective step-aside deals. Klitschko said if Joshua had accepted the money, it would have shown an unpleasant sign.

“But my personal opinion? If Joshua sidesteps in this moment, when the boxing audience expects a rematch and wants to see Joshua vs Usyk, it would show weakness,” Klitschko told Sky News.

“Joshua, don’t do that please. As fighters, we fight not just for ourselves but for the audience. The audience decides. If the audience wants the fight, it must happen.”

“If Joshua sidesteps, I am not sure that the interest in Joshua would be so big in the future.”

Klitschko, who used to rule the heavyweight division with his younger brother, Wladimir, added that everyone is expecting the contracted rematch with Usyk and Joshua to happen because they want an answer: “Usyk is so strong or did Joshua make mistakes? Who is stronger?”

Klitschko, who is now mayor of Kiev, finished his career in 2012 with a 45-2 record. He went on an 11-fight winning streak after capturing the vacant WBC heavyweight title, which now belongs to Tyson Fury.

On Thursday, when it was confirmed that Joshua and Whyte were not stepping aside, Fury called promoter Eddie Hearn and Joshua “the worst businessmen” in history.

He also mocked Joshua, Whyte and Usyk in a separate video clip on social media.

“… Right now, everybody doubts if Joshua is strong enough to fight Fury. He can give the answer in the Usyk fight,” he added.

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