Posted On: Sun 08 Dec 2019 By TCR NEWS | PUNCH NG
The World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, has taken umbrage at Anthony Joshua for the tactics he used in reclaiming his titles from Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday.
“You want to come out there and whoop his ass,” he had said after Joshua had been declared winner.
Wilder spoke to The Athletic in a reassessment of the Joshua-Ruiz rematch.
The Nigerian-born British boxer reclaimed his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight belts following a comprehensive win via unanimous decision in Saudi Arabia.
AJ, who was defeated by Ruiz at Madison Square Garden last June, employed clever movement and worked behind a stiff jab to keep Ruiz at bay in their rematch.
Though two ringside judges scored the contest 118-110, while the other delivered a more comprehensive verdict of 119-109, all in Joshua’s favour, Wilder criticised AJ for “adopting a similar style to Wladimir Klitschko” to get over the line against Ruiz.
Said Wilder, “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.
“You want to dominate guys, man. Maybe I’m just too rough, too hardcore and too much of a dream for this time and era, maybe the world wants that nice shit… my mentality is so different from these other fighters.
“But when I think of myself as a champion… you want to come out there and whoop his ass.
“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.”