There are a lot of boxing fans and members of the media crowning Anthony Joshua as the next Mike Tyson, but what happens if he loses to Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday? What then? Stranger things have happened in the past. Joshua could very well lose this fight to Wladimir.
In looking at Joshua’s ability, he doesn’t do anything better than Wladimir. Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs), of course, has punching power and youth going for him, but I rate Wladimir as being more mobile, better defensively, a superior jab and better hand speed.
What happens to Joshua if he gets exposed and knocked out by Wladimir? Do we flush Joshua and forget about him. Does Joshua end up like Jeff Lacy, another highly hyped fighter with big power who was never the same after being outclassed by Joe Calzaghe.
Joshua uses good technique in attacking his opponents, to be sure. But his defensive skills are very basic. He gets hit easily. His offense is basically his defense. He doesn’t use head movement. Joshua is mostly just big and powerful. He’s got huge arms and shoulders, which makes it different sometimes for his opponents to land to his head.
Joshua’s movement is not good, and never has been. With Joshua coming in at a career high 250.1 lbs. at Friday’s weigh-in, it appears that he’s not going to improve. He doesn’t know how to handle fighters that clinch a lot.