Wilder Blasts Joshua’s Performance Against Ruiz

While many were not impressed with the performance of Andy Ruiz Jr, WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder decided that Anthony Joshua was not up to snuff last weekend in Saudi Arabia.

“Joshua did what he had to do to get the win. He ran around the ring and was on his bike all day. Basically, he had Klitschko in the camp and he was a lot like Klitschko: that jab-grab-hold method. That’s all he did tonight,” Wilder told The Athletic.

“I’m not coming in, after losing to this guy, to just dance and grab and jab and hold. I’m going to show the world and convince them I am the very best and that no one is close to me, especially with what’s going on in the division right now. It’s a time of proving who is the best. Joshua had many times he could’ve gone for the finish after he landed the right hand.”

“When you land the right hand, you’ve tackled the distance. When you land that punch, you know you’re in exact position for the second time around. ‘But he was so hesitant,” Wilder said of Joshua, who controlled the pace against the much heavier Ruiz during their fight for the unified world heavyweight championship.

“Joshua’s mentality was to survive. The Klitschko method. The difference is my mentality is that of a beast, a warrior, a king, an emperor – all those things. If he calls himself a king, he’s just on the nicer side of it. This is a brutal sport and that’s how I treat it. I ain’t showing no love for anybody in that ring.”

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