Anthony Joshua’s future remains a hot topic in boxing, especially with talks underway for a monster fight with Deontay Wilder towards the end of the year.
Doubts over Joshua’s stomach for battle are widespread, and his comeback bout against Jermaine Franklin did little to alleviate those concerns.
And esteemed trainer Dominic Ingle has gone even further when asked for his opinion on Joshua by Boxing King Media, stating that the former unified world champion was never an elite heavyweight.
“Now he’s operating on the belief that he was once at an elite level and there were other elite level fighters around him, but he wasn’t.”
“And now those fighters have come through, and it’s a completely different environment.”
“It’s a dangerous game he’s in, and fair play to him for chucking himself in the fight and taking the risks. But in my opinion, I don’t think it’s going to end the way he wants it to.”
“Anthony Joshua has won his last fight, and he’s got enough money. But you want to be around to be able to spend it.”
Skills Challenge Group intend to stage Joshua vs Wilder on the same night as Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk this December, though negotiations are still believed to be at an early stage.
It remains unclear whether or not Joshua will look to have an interim fight over the summer, or wait it out and jump straight in with ‘The Bronze Bomber.
‘AJ’ is no stranger to boxing in the oil rich kingdom, which played host to his rematch against Andy Ruiz in 2019 as well as his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk last summer.
If the event does go ahead and boasts all four of the major heavyweights, the purses on offer would undoubtedly be amongst the biggest the sport has ever seen.