Joshua Warns Fury-Wilder To Not Bide Their Time
With every fight and every opponent, unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua feels he will be a more difficult opponent for Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
All three major heavyweights have fights scheduled within a month of each other, with Joshua’s coming a week prior to Tyson Fury’s Las Vegas debut, and two weeks following Wilder’s defense against Dominic Breazeale.
“I’ve got through with strength, guts and heart,” said Joshua to BBC Radio Five on his road to June 1st and Andy Ruiz Jr. “I’ve got away with mistakes. I realized I couldn’t continue my journey like that. After Klitschko, I thought ‘how many more fights can I have like that before the mistakes aren’t there any more?’ For the last two years, hand on heart, with my team, we spend so much time doing things outside of boxing, things that can drain me.
“How do we now train smart to become smarter in the ring? Less quantity, more quality. It didn’t happen over night. It has taken two years to implement it and this is the first camp we are really seeing it. Look at my last fight against Alexander Povektin. I was ill, tired, had a flu, had a headache. I was going through changes. It will be interesting as this is the first time I can express these things.
Joshua continued with a warning for the WBC champion and Fury, saying that letting Joshua marinate and build confidence is a dangerous game to play.
“The longer Wilder and Fury leave it, the tougher it will be for them as I am not the fighter of two years ago. Give me another year or two and I’ll develop that little bit more.”