WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has criticised Anthony Joshua’s style following his win over Andy Ruiz Jr while outlining that he doesn’t believe a unification bout between the two will happen.
Joshua regained the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night as he tactically out-boxed Ruiz Jr to avenge his defeat from June.
The win came via a unanimous decision with Joshua’s jab proving to be effective and his main tool for getting the job done against his opponent.
Wilder though, wasn’t too impressed with Joshua’s method of victory and speaking to The Athletic following the fight, he hit out at AJ’s “jab-grab-hold” method.
“Joshua did what he had to do to get the win,” said Wilder.
“He ran around the ring and was on his bike all day. Basically, he had [Wladimir] Klitschko in the camp and he was a lot like Klitschko: that jab-grab-hold method. That’s all he did…
“He was so hesitant… Joshua’s mentality was to survive. The Klitschko method. You want to dominate guys, man.
“I’m not coming in, after losing to this guy, to just dance and grab and jab and hold. I’m going to show the world and convince them I am the very best and that no one is close to me, especially with what’s going on in the division right now. It’s a time of proving who is the best.”
“How can no one say I’m not the very best in the world now? I’ve given you what you pay for each and every time, especially when we’re talking about a heavyweight bout. Fans come to see knockouts. They come to see something dramatic — a body lying on the canvas, spread like it’s having birth. That’s what people want to see, and that’s my mentality.”
Attention has of course turned now to what’s next for Joshua, with the likes of Oleksandr Usyk and Kubrat Pulev said to be next in line as mandatory challengers.
Joshua had claimed he would definitely fight Wilder but the American is adamant that a unification bout between the pair will never happen.
“I don’t think we’ll ever see a unification bout. We’ll never see it, and I don’t want people to get their hopes up on it because it’ll never happen,” said the American.
“His promoter [Eddie Hearn] talks about what they’ve accomplished, how many people attend, how they sell out this and that, but the thing is, nobody gives a f*** about those statistics and numbers. People want to see your heavyweight in there with our heavyweight! That’s it! We’re tired of hearing that other s***.
“I’m too dangerous. You’ve seen what I do in the ring. I don’t play around,” Wilder said. “And they know if Ruiz can get Joshua out of there, imagine…that’s why they stayed away from me.”