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Joshua: Wilder is not an elite level fighter

Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says he does not rate former WBC title holder Deontay Wilder as an elite fighter.

Joshua, who is now expected to face WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk in September due to Wilder’s July 24 trilogy bout with Tyson Fury, believes the American puncher is too one-dimensional – relying solely on his powerful right hand.

“He isn’t an elite fighter in my opinion,” Joshua said to Sky Sports. “It’s the heavyweights, so they always know one punch can change the course of a fight. But I’ve never, ever seen in the heavyweight division a fighter going to war with just one weapon, which is what they say is his right hand.

“When you get to the top level… Trust me, that don’t last anymore. That don’t work. As we’ve seen now with certain fights of elite level fighters, he struggles at the top level, and there’s a lot more of us waiting for that opportunity as well to kick his ass.”