Deontay Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott has sensationally claimed that Anthony Joshua represents the easiest challenge out of the elite heavyweights for Wilder – and reckons one of AJ’s countrymen poses a much stiffer test.
Scott told Vegas Insider that Joe Joyce would give ‘The Bronze Bomber’ a tougher night’s work than Joshua, citing the 37-year-old’s engine, chin and clubbing power as attributes that could cause issues for Wilder.
“Joshua is the easiest for Deontay out of the three [Joshua, Usyk, Joyce]. I think Joe Joyce is a much tougher fighter than AJ is. His engine is stronger, the punches he takes, he’s awkward, his style is deceiving. AJ is a bit predictable especially now.”
“Joyce is more imposing, he’s a much meaner pugilist too but sometimes meaner gets you clipped when dealing with Deontay. I just feel Joyce is one of the best heavyweights in the world right now and he’s a force to be reckoned with.”
Despite Scott’s insight on the two Brits, it looks likely that it will be an all-American affair for Wilder next, with a final eliminator against Andy Ruiz Jr ordered by the WBC this week.
Both Wilder and Ruiz are signed to Al Haymon’s PBC, so the fight would likely be an easy one to make with no major promotional or broadcasting issues to overcome.
The WBC title is currently held by Wilder’s long term foe Tyson Fury, meaning a fourth fight between the two could be on the cards if former champ Wilder did come through a potential eliminator with Ruiz.