Former two-time world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has been told that, whilst his skills are improving, his mindset is not.
Joshua is fighting against Otto Wallin on the Day of Reckoning card this weekend – very much a test of his boxing abilities as he previously struggled with the southpaw stance when losing twice to Oleksandr Usyk in 2021 and 2022.
It’s those defeats paired with his two fights with Andy Ruiz Jr that has led some in the sport to question his mental fortitude – an opinion he doesn’t take kindly to.
One man who thinks he might be able to capitalise on perceived weakness that is unbeaten IBF mandatory challenger Filip Hrgovic, who faces Mark De Mori this weekend.
Speaking to Seconds Out, he was asked if a fight with Joshua could be next.
“I hope so man, I hope I fight him next, that’s my goal, but if he’s not next whoever is next I don’t care, I just want to get my title shot and become world champion, but I would be happy if Anthony accepts the fight.”
Hrgovic was then asked to explain how he would win if the two did meet but he didn’t get into specifics.
“I beat him, I don’t know how, by decision or knockout, but I beat him for sure.”
Finally, it was put to Hrgovic that Joshua might be slipping, and though the Croatian disagreed he did highlight one weakness to exploit.
“No, his skills are getting better but his mindset might be slipping. But his skills and speed are amazing, he’s one of the best for sure.”
Word is that Joshua and Deontay Wilder are on track for a showdown next year but if not, a battle with Hrgovic would be an interesting one potentially for a vacant IBF title depending on how the undisputed fight between Tyson Fury and Usyk goes.