Anthony Joshua has been warned that Deontay Wilder would knock him out if they ever met in the ring.
Anthony Joshua did what he had to do to win back his world title belts from Andy Ruiz, but made an ordinary fighter look like Rocky Marciano. That’s the opinion of former heavyweight Glenn McCrory.
Joshua defeated Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night.
The Brit boxed well on his way to a unanimous decision in the desert, winning back his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight world titles.
Joshua was clearly wary of the threats posed by Ruiz, after being stopped by the Mexican in seven rounds back in June.
And in Saudi, Joshua boxed like a man cautious of getting caught with any punches up close.
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But not everybody was impressed with Joshua’s performance, with Deontay Wilder proclaiming that he ran throughout the fight.
The criticism didn’t end there, however, with McCrory explaining that he made Ruiz look like a much better fighter than he actually is, while claiming Wilder would knock him out if they ever meet.
“I see it in two ways,” he said.
“One, he did what he had to do to win and pick up the £60m; he boxed excellently, used great movement and his jab was good.
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“But on the other hand, he made Andy Ruiz Jr look like Rocky Marciano! He made an ordinary fighter look dangerous.
“At the end of the day, he was in the ring with a little fat bloke. I’m not taking too much away from Ruiz Jr, but he was badly out of shape and Joshua made him look like some sort of monster.
“This wasn’t Mike Tyson, this wasn’t George Foreman. You’ve got to put it in context of who he beat.
“There looked to be so much frailty around Joshua; any time he got in close quarters he grabbed, because it looked like he would get hurt at any time.
“I thought he’d pepper him with a jab, step in and take him out, but his confidence didn’t look there.
“Any time they came close he tied them up. He wasn’t in with a super danger man!
“If you weren’t a boxing fan and you looked at the TV screen, you would say ‘is this a joke?’
“You’ve got one super athlete at 6ft 6in and one fella who is badly out of shape, and yet the big fella is all over the ring and running away, running away, running away.”