Joshua Slams Critics Who Claim He Is Mentally Weak – ‘People Underestimate Me’

January 17, 2024
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Joshua Slams Critics Who Claim He Is Mentally Weak - 'People Underestimate Me'

Anthony Joshua has hit back at claims that he is mentally weak.

The former unified heavyweight champion has been dealing with the perception that he is no longer the same fighter following his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. Before the defeat, Joshua was dominating and knocking his opponents out. But things did not go his way when it came to his American debut.

Ruiz stopped Joshua, which prevented the Deontay Wilder fight for undisputed. Although Joshua won the belt in the rematch, his approach changed radically. He boxed behind his jab in fear of exchanging, which had taken him to a unified heavyweight champion.

Further losses against Oleksandr Usyk followed as Joshua changed trainers, going with Robert Garcia, Derrick James and now Ben Davidson. The decision to appoint Davidson has worked a treat, as they teamed up to stop Otto Wallin. That still leaves question marks over Joshua’s mentality, given that Wallin is not an elite-level fighter. But Joshua has hit back at those claims, stating that his opponents overlook him. 

Joshua Slams Critics Who Claim He Is Mentally Weak - 'People Underestimate Me'
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Joshua Reacts

“I think people underestimate me; they think they can just put pressure on me because I am not mentally all that. As much as there is hype around Ngannou, he still has to come through me. I am a power puncher myself. Ngannou is going to be testing Joshua early and often on March 8th, making this a risky fight for him. I break peoples’ eye sockets. I broke Otto Wallin’s nose and eye socket, Robert Helenius got sparked out, and I ruined Dillian Whyte’s career with an uppercut. The list goes on. He [Ngannou] has to deal with me, and that is what is going to make it a good fight,” Joshua said 

One way Joshua highlighted his superiority has been how he handles his opponents compared to Fury. Joshua and Fury have both faced Wladimir Klitschko, Otto Wallin and Kevin Johnson. Joshua managed to stop all three, unlike Fury. AJ’s win over Klitschko was impressive since he had to get off the canvas in order to finish the job. Although there is an argument that Klitschko was no longer the same fighter, Joshua’s wins do look more impressive. His following comments confirmed as much. 

Joshua On Fury

“I like to hurt people, definitely,. Definitely, I really do. I really do. But if you look at it, every opponent that me and Fury got in common, I’ve knocked them out – every opponent, or I’ve stopped them. Yeah, every opponent. So, I just do what I need to do. I’ve never been in competition with him anyway in that sense. But if you are talking in facts and stats, everyone that we’ve fought that’s similar I’ve ended up breaking their face or knocking them out. So, we’ll see what happens,” Joshua stated 

That has set up the narrative for a Joshua-Fury fight. If they keep on winning, that could very well happen.

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