Anthony Joshua Ducking Deontay Wilder And Tyson Fury? Keyboard Warriors Continue Nonsensical Claims Despite Remarkable Career
Social media has changed boxing.
The constant flow of tweets and opinions has changed the game forever and Anthony Joshua is beginning to feel the weight of the keyboard warriors.
The 2012 Olympic Champion has had a remarkable career to date and this week announced that he would be going to America on June 1st to take on Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller in the latest defence of his IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight titles.
The Brit will be having just the 23rd fight of his pro career and has already achieved a remarkable amount, but for many "fans" on social media that isn't enough. It isn't enough that he fought and beat Dillian Whyte in just his 15th bout, it isn't enough that he beat Wladimir Klitschko in front of 80,000 people in just his his 19th fight and it isn't enough he had a unificartion bout against Joseph Parker in just his 21st fight.
The division has been blown open by the draw between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury in LA in December and there is no doubt that has proven to e a game changer for the Joshua business.
Now, for the first time his quality is being questioned and some are even suggesting that the 29-year-old is ducking both of those fighters.
Fury and Wilder are rightly tied up in a rematch which means both fighters are unavailable for the first half of the year so Joshua has very few options in front of him at the moment.
A fight with "Big Baby" is a no-brainer from a business sense as he fights a loud mouth New Yorker who will sell the fight Stateside and provided AJ wipes him out as expected, it will be the perfect introduction for Joshua to the American market.
A Joshua win against Miller, coupled with a Wilder victory over Fury, would make a potential unification bout between the two massive. Fights are bigger if they are allowed to bubble up slowly.
There is an illusion that the great fighters of the past like Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis only fought world champions and big names in every single fight. They most certainly did not and even though social media demands it, the modern fighter cannot be expected to be any different.
The Fury and Wilder fights have to come for Joshua if he is to cement his growing legacy of that there is no doubt, but social media keyboard warriors must understand the boxing business. The Miller fight is the perfect clash whilst his two main rivals settle their differences and as things stand it is Joshua who rightly deserves his clear place at the top of the division.
- Whyte. Declined 3 offers.
- Wilder. Not returning emails to negotiate.
- Fury. Ordered to fight Wilder.
- Luís Ortiz. Fighting Hammer (March 3rd).
- USYK. Needs tune ups first.
AJ vs Miller is a good stay busy fight