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Anthony Joshua Speaks Of Division Depth, Ortiz Case and the Young Prospects

Anthony Joshua Speaks Of Division Depth, Ortiz Case and the Young Prospects
1/10/2017

Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua believes that despite the lack of depth in Boxings heavyweight division, he could still build a standing legacy.

Only few fighters are on the World Champions mind which includes Deontay Wilder, the WBC champion, and WBO belt-holder Joseph Parker, both of which will come after his fight with Kubrat Pulev at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on October 28.

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The heavyweight is represented Poorly right now and presently have one of its big names Tyson Fury unlicensed while WBA’s mandatory challenger Luis Ortiz, who represented another meaningful fight for Joshua, tested positive for a banned substance.

The dent in Luis Ortiz news all but makes less possible, a potential Clash With the Cuban just as it might do to Wilder.

“It’s true,” he said. “But it’s down to fights.
“Looking forward you never know. People might say Pulev is an easy fight but he might come and put me in a place I haven’t been before that I didn’t expect maybe.
“It might be a barnstorming fight. You just never know what’s going to happen.”

Building a legacy might feel easy to say but it is basically forged through unforgettable fights against the likes of Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Ken Norton. Later, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield, which remains the divisions golden Era.

Anthony Joshua Defeats Wladimir Klitschko


“If I fight Joe Bloggs, who the bookies may not have put in a position to beat me, but he ends up putting up one hell of a fight, that takes his stock up and it creates that type of Ali-Frazier, that trilogy.

“You have to remember Frazier was a gold medalist, Ali, Foreman, they were all peak level fighters of the era, and they all came together and ended up fighting each other.
“It seems we don’t have that right now but Joe Joyce has just turned pro and Tony Yoka too. So there’s a new wave coming through. In three years as a pro I’ve managed to catch the attentions of the division and I will definitely give all these guys the opportunity to come and challenge for the belt.”

Talking of prospects, Joshua also made mention of his sparing partner Daniel Dubois, who is now 5-0 up in his professional career, knocking out every opponent in just two rounds.

“Will my path cross with Dubois? Yes. All heavyweights have an opportunity to make a big play in the division,” Joshua said. “He’ll be a player amongst the rest and I will fight him at some stage when he moves up.”

The Champion also said he couldn't tell if the youngster could make it up to the World class stage like his “How can I say? He has people guiding him, so it’s kind of their choice.

“How many fights has he had? Three or four. He’s a long way off. If a fighter wants a sprint, he can go all guns blazing, but they don’t last long.

“I was watching a documentary and I saw Klitschko when he got beaten. But then where are the guys who beat Klitschko? You don’t hear of them, do you? How do you prolong your career, your legacy? You can’t rush.

“I don’t know what Dubois will do, it’s up to them whether they put him on a 100m course or a 400m track and they create a career or a legacy for him.”
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