Deontay Wilder has accused British rival Anthony Joshua of running out of gas too quickly.
Ready to kick off his comeback with a scrap against Robert Helenius on October 15, the Alabama heavyweight has been active in the gym and on the media scene. As most fighters have, he’s waded into the analysis of Oleksandr Usyk’s successful title defence over Anthony Joshua.
Speaking to ESNEWS, he said that he did indeed watch the fight but that he wasn’t surprised at the result.
“Joshua did exactly what we expected him to do. Be cautious, and to run out of gas.
He’s got a serious stamina problem – has has a serious stamina problem.
We knew that he would be very cautious because of what happened before – and, as you seen, he was very cautious of throwing punches and different things like that.”
The best man won that night.”
Many fans and pundits think Joshua improved on his first performance against Usyk and, rather than faulting him, have instead praised the Ukrainian. The results say the same – the first fight being a unanimous decision for Usyk and the second a split decision – although they have been highly criticised.
Either way, it’s not surprising to hear ‘The Bronze Bomber’ focus on AJ’s performance – there’s no love lost. The two have long been on a collision course, albeit one that has been prolonged and obstructed.
That all may change soon. With both men now beltless and looking to build themselves back up, one could argue that it’s the perfect time for them to meet between the ropes. Perhaps in 2023 Wilder himself will have the chance to put Joshua’s stamina to the test.