Anthony Joshua has hinted that thinking more about his long term health has played a factor in his decision to box more conservatively in some of his recent fights.
Critics have called for a return of the “old AJ,” citing more destructive performances earlier in his career against the likes of Dillian Whyte and Wladimir Klitschko.
Joshua fired back in a clip he shared on his official Instagram account, saying those making those comments “don’t care” about his health.
“I’ve always wanted to perfect my boxing, because I feel like that’s how you’re going to have a long career.”
“From an enjoyment perspective, I’m sure you guys just want to see a war. But you don’t care about my health!”
“If you’re a good boxer, the heart of the game is to hit and not get hit. So you want to minimise the impact.”
Many hoped Joshua’s comeback fight against Jermaine Franklin earlier this month – his first under new trainer Derrick James – would see Joshua produce a slightly more aggressive showing than fans have been treated to over the past few years.
However, this was not to be the case as the former unified world champion boxed his way to a twelve round unanimous decision victory over the game but somewhat limited American.
Joshua had been expected to be back in the ring around July, however claimed on social media he would not be out again until December, with talk growing of a blockbuster clash in the Middle East with Deontay Wilder.
Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed he would by flying to Saudi Arabia to discuss the fight, which would be one of the biggest heavyweight dust ups of all time.