Boxing SPORTS GIST DEONTAY WILDER ISN’T AN ELITE-LEVEL FIGHTER – ANTHONY JOSHUA By Admin Posted on June 22, 2021 4 min read 0 0 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Oduola Farouq A. If Wilder regains the WBC championship in a third bout with Tyson Fury on July 24, he wants to revive negotiations with Joshua for an undisputed world heavyweight title battle. Joshua, on the other hand, has dismissed Wilder as a genuine danger to his WBA, IBF, and WBO belts, claiming that Wilder has already demonstrated his limits in a knockout defeat to Tyson Fury last February. “In my perspective, he isn’t an elite-level boxer,” Joshua said. “He’s a good guy.” It’s the heavyweights, so they’re well aware that a single punch may alter the outcome of a fight. “However, I’ve never seen a boxer in the heavyweight category go to war with only one weapon, which is said to be his right hand. “When you reach the highest level, what will you do? That, believe me, does not last. That isn’t going to work. “As we’ve seen in recent battles with elite-class fighters, he suffers at the top level, and there are a lot of us waiting for our chance to kick his ass.” Wilder claimed that “excuses” had already been made to avoid a fight with Joshua, who is training for a WBO mandatory championship defense against Oleksandr Usyk, which is likely to take place in September at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Wilder had said, “Most definitely, hands down I want the Joshua fight.” “As far as I can tell, they’re already creating excuses.” “They have a mandatory planned ahead of time.” No one wants to fight someone like me, and I can understand why.” Wilder predicted a knockout victory over Joshua, saying, “In a devastating fashion.” Joshua said, “This is the first time I’m talking about Deontay Wilder, so I don’t know what excuses he thinks I’m making,” pointing to his record as proof that he is willing to face any opponent. “I’m a throwback fighter. Look at my resume; I’ve been in with all of them. There’s work to be done at both the new and old schools, and there’s still a lot more to be done. In Usyk, I’m up against a fantastic fighter. “I’m going to fight them all. No issue, Wilder is simply another in the pecking order.