Via Charles Brun: Joe Joyce says Anthony Joshua’s resistance to punches is gone, and his heart is no longer in the game at this stage in his nine-year career.
Joyce considers Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) just around the sport as one “businessmen,” make money and stick with sports for monetary reasons.
AJ is still popular enough to attract audiences for PPV purposes based on his past accomplishments years ago, but can no longer stand up to the real top-level opposition.
Joyce doubts whether Joshua will win his just-announced rematch against IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk on Aug. 20 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
It will be a huge disappointment for DAZN if Joshua loses to Usyk again because they just gave AJ a huge deal for him to sign with them.
Few boxing fans understand DAZN’s rationale for choosing to sign Joshua at this point in his career.
DAZN’s decision to sign Joshua is fading reminiscent of the Boston Braves signing the 40-year-old Babe Ruth toward the end of his career in 1935, hoping to use his faded past, his best baseball legend, as an attraction.
It ended as a dismal failure, with Ruth retiring. Joshua isn’t as old as Ruth, but his game has gone as bad as Babes.
If Joshua beats Usyk, he will need to defend against Joyce, who is ranked #1 WBO, #2 WBC and in challenger position for an immediate world title.
“If by some miracle Joshua beats Usyk, he will either face me or vacate the belt,” Joe Joyce said. Sun. “His chin is gone, and I don’t think his heart is at all in the game anymore. He is a businessman. [Joshua is] Pay more attention to students. ”
We don’t need Joe Joyce to tell us that Joshua’s chin is gone because it’s been obvious since the fight with Wladimir Klitschko in 2017. Since the fight with Klitschko, Joshua has been hurt against Carlos Takam, Andy Ruiz Jr, Alexander Povetkin, and Usyk.
Had Joshua fought aggressively with Uysk last September, he would have probably been stopped like he was with Ruiz Jr.
That’s why Joshua replacing coach Robert McCracken with American coach Robert Garcia was a terrible waste because he would be disqualified if he fought fiercely with Usyk.
McCracken was wise to let Joshua box Usyk last time because if he missed with him, he’d either be killed or cut by one of the tackles Oleksandr is famous for landing.
“I am number 1 with WBO,” Joyce said. “And when Usyk beats Joshua again, I’ll show you how a proper heavyweight wearing 10oz gloves deals with a man who has lost an amateur weight class.”
Usyk beat Joyce in the world boxing series in a five-round round, but not long enough to tell us how the two would do in a 12-round professional round.