Deontay Wilder has seen Anthony Joshua and he doesn’t rate him as being on the same level as him. Wilder, who holds the WBC heavyweight title, sees himself as being more experienced than Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs). It’s just an opinion of Wilder, but you can understand why he might feel that way.
Joshua still hasn’t cut his teeth against a quality fighter that is talented and possesses the size and power to give him problems. Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) is a little more proven than Joshua based on his win over Bermane Stiverne a couple of years ago when the two of them fought over Stiverne’s WBC title. Wilder won the fight, and looked pretty good.
“I definitely feel like I’m on a whole ‘nother level than Joshua,” Wilder said to Fight Hype. “I’ve been in this game for a while now. I’m very experienced. I think I’ve seen every style to see, you know, the major styles that I need to see.”
We’ll know a little bit more about Joshua after he faces Wladimir Klitschko on April 29. I’m not sure if Wladimir has enough left of his power and boxing ability for him to be an adequate test to evaluate whether he’s better than Wilder or just as good. Wladimir showed absolutely nothing in his last fight against Tyson Fury in a losing effort, and that was 2 years ago. Wladimir hasn’t fought since. You can’t expect improvement from the big Ukrainian unless he’s been drinking from the fountain of youth. In that case, Wladimir might still have problems with Joshua due to his sometimes fragile chin.
“I think I’ve seen it, I’ve learned it, and that’s what allows me to adjust in the ring and do my thing,” said Wilder. “I definitely feel and know that I’m in another league of my own when you compare the two of us.”
Wilder wants a piece of the winner of the Joshua-Klitschko fight, and he may get his wish if it’s Joshua who comes out of the fight the winner. Joshua wants to fight Wilder. It would give Joshua an opportunity to win Wilder’s WBC title. Joshua will be winning the vacant WBA title if he beats Wladimir. That would give him the IBF and WBA titles. Wilder’s WBC title would be Joshua’s third title. The only belt that would be out of Joshua’s grasp at that point is the WBO title held by Joseph Parker. It won’t be difficult for Joshua to get a fight against him.
“I mean, if you look at Joshua, Klitschko, and [Joseph] Parker, Parker has the WBO belt, and you take those three and put me up on a chart and say which one would be the most exciting fight, a lot of people would think the Joshua fight would be the most exciting fight out of the three and I think I agree,” Wilder said.
Wilder can probably make more money against Joshua than he would against Wladimir due to the pay-per-view possibilities in the UK. Wladimir fights in big football stadiums in Germany, but he’s not a PPV attraction in that country. If they stick Wilder vs. Klitschko in the U.S, it might not bring in a big crowd. Further, it wouldn’t be a PPV fight in the U.S. Wilder hasn’t win over a huge fan base in the U.S the way that Mike Tyson did during his career.
You can argue that one reason for that is because Wilder hasn’t looked nearly as dominating as Tyson did during the early portion of his career. Tyson was knocking guys out quickly as a pro within 4 rounds. There’s drama with Wilder’s fights because he looks clumsy, unorthodox and shaky-chinned. One gets the sense that Wilder will crumble to pieces if he gets hit hard by a big shot from one of his opponents.
Martin Murray believes he can beat Gabriel Rosado in a slugging match
Martin Murray has sized up his opponent Gabriel Rosado and he believes he can beat him in a slug-fest on April 22 in their fight at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Murray, 34, needs a big win over Rosado to stay in the running for a world title shot. Murray has never shown the ability to win any of his world title fights, but he still thinks he can win if he’s given yet another shot. Murray lost to IBF/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin 2 years ago in an 11th round knockout. If Murray gets another world title shot, it would make sense if he fights WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders or the winner of the Ryota Murata vs. Hassan N’Dam fight.
“Rosado is a quality fighter and I don’t think his record does him justice. He’ll go anywhere and fight anybody and he’s been in with all the top guys,” said Murray. “I know that I still have a world title in me. Middleweight was all tied up with Golovkin, so I moved up,” Murray said.
The middleweight division is really not the best one for Murray to be trying to win a world title right now. Golovkin is a pretty solid champion, and he’s not aged enough for someone like Murray to have a realistic chance of beating him.
Murray will have the hometown advantage against Rosado. That may help Murray if Rosado doesn’t take the fight to him. Rosado is the type of fighter who does well when his opponents fight at a slow pace, and let him take the lead. He’s less able when he’s facing guys that are taking the fight to him. We’ve seen Rosado fall apart in his fights against Alfredo Angulo, Golovkin and Willie Monroe Jr. Rosado recently wasted an opportunity to potentially get a fight against Canelo Alvarez when he was beaten by Monroe Jr. in his last fight.
“He’s tough and comes to fight, and that’s my style too, so that’s why I am excited about it, and the fans are too because there’s no way that our styles won’t gel. It’s going to be a war,” said Murray. “I’m flying in the gym and I believe I am a level above him and it will tell on the night.”
Murray and Rosado have both fought Golovkin and both were knocked out. Murray did a little bit better, but only because he held a great deal and moved constantly. Rosado suffered a bad cut in the 6th round that made it difficult for him to compete. However, Rosado gave Golovkin problems in the 5th round when he slugged with him. Rosado got the better of Golovkin in the 5th round. Unfortunately for Rosado, Golovkin hurt him at the start of the 6th round and he was not able to come back from that. Rosado got on his bike for the remainder of the fight.