Feature | Apr 24 2017

Deontay Wilder: ‘Anthony Joshua has no flexibility and doesn’t move his head’

Deontay Wilder weighs in ahead of the big fight, writes Kenneth Bouhairie
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‘DEONTAY WILDER is just a hater,’ said many keyboard warriors after the WBC heavyweight champion tabbed Wladimir Klitschko to defeat Anthony Joshua. A Klitschko victory is plausible, but their commentary on Wilder isn’t based on one fight pick alone.

It began when Joshua fought Eric Molina last December. Wilder foresaw a protracted battle, warning the comic-book-muscular Joshua not to take the pudgy Molina lightly. Alas, “The Bronze Bomber” needed nine rounds to stop Molina back in 2015. Joshua finished him in three.

The result didn’t sway the unrepentant Wilder’s opinion of the IBF titlist. Rather, he blamed Molina’s early exit on a bad strategy. Given his latest prognostication, it’s clear Wilder is as bullish on Joshua as President Trump is on CNN.