Unbeaten American heavyweight, Jared Anderson, has supplied his verdict on whether Anthony Joshua is capable of reclaiming a spot at the top of the heavyweight division.
Anderson has made a stellar start to life as a professional fighter, transitioning from a two-time national champion as an amateur to a 14-0 pro with all wins coming by way of knockout
Now, heavyweights around the world are recognising that Anderson may well be the future of the division, even if he doesn’t plan on sticking around, and the American is set to increase his level of opposition and mount a title challenge over the next eighteen months. It means he’s got a keen eye on the top dogs.
In an interview with ESNEWS, Anderson reflected on Joshua’s performance in his comeback fight against Jermaine Franklin back in April.
‘AJ’ fought under the guidance of new trainer, Derrick James, for the first time, but coasted to a unanimous decision victory rather than the highlight reel knockout that his fans were hoping to see, leaving Anderson question if the Brit has lost his killer instinct.
“I think he looked better [against Franklin] than in his last fights, but I still don’t think that he beats Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury.”
“I feel like, with any fighter, there should be that dog instinct in you, to take somebody out. But, at the same time, he was working out any kinks, listening to that new coach, he might have hesitated on a lot of stuff that he would have usually done, but stopped because he was listening to a new coach.”
Joshua looks set for a second outing with James as his cornerman in August, with an offer being made to fight Dillian Whyte as preparation for the long-awaited clash with Deontay Wilder in December in Saudi Arabia.