News | Apr 03 2018

Deontay Wilder: ‘Anthony Joshua is an easier fight than I thought!’

Deontay Wilder reacts to Anthony Joshua’s victory over Joseph Parker
Deontay Wilder
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ANTHONY JOSHUA secured an uncharacteristically inexplosive points victory over Joseph Parker at the Principality stadium in Cardiff on Saturday. We’ve seen Joshua outmuscle opponents in the past, outfight them too and in Wales we saw Joshua outbox and outthink Parker, who was previously unbeaten, to add the WBO world title to his trophy cabinet. But Deontay Wilder, the WBC titlist, did not see it that way.

“After watching Joshua against Parker, it would be an easier fight than I thought. I’m going to have fun in there,” Wilder told Premier  Boxing Champions. “Joshua was robotic, reminding me of how robotic [Wladimir] Klitchko was, barely throwing punches during his loss to Tyson Fury.

“He was so tight and stationary with his arms clutched together. Joshua won’t be able to follow me or handle all of my movement. I’m too mobile, giving him too many angles and changing the trajectory of my head or punches at any given time.”