Anthony Joshua has revealed the hardest puncher he has ever faced – and it’s not conqueror Andy Ruiz Jr.
The 30-year-old Mexican-American claimed the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles with his shock seventh round knockout of the previously undefeated Brit at New York’s Madison Square Garden in June.
Joshua, 29, was on the canvas four times during the bout.
The pair will meet again in a rematch in Saudi Arabia on December 7.
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When asked who hit him the hardest, Joshua said that Wladimir Klitschko was the biggest puncher he had faced.
“Who’s hit me the hardest? Yeah, Klitschko,” Joshua said on the Pound for Pound Podcast.
“I was gonna say Ruiz, but when he hit me that was like a concussion on the back of my head.
“When I went in with Klitschko, yeah, I just knew this could go two ways.
“I could either win or I’m gonna be laid out on my back. You know when you get carried out on a stretcher?”
During their epic battle at Wembley Stadium in April 2017, Joshua had Klitschko down in the fifth and twice in the 11th round but had to peel himself off the canvas in the sixth before winning by TKO in the penultimate round.
Joshua rates the big right hand that the Ukrainian dropped him with in the mid-rounds as the biggest punch he has had to wear, but added that the follow up barrage did some damage as well.
“It was the 15 that came after that as well,” Joshua said.
“This guy’s a beast, he’s a beast.”
This Saturday night in Las Vegas, former lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will face off with unbeaten contender Otto Wallin inside of the T-Mobile Arena as part of Las Vegas’ Independence Day Weekend festivities.
Fury also admits that not Wilder, nor Anthony Joshua, or Andy Ruiz Jr. are in his thoughts.
“I have no interest in future fights,” said Fury. “One day at a time in my life. One fight at a time, one hour at a time. ‘Cause that’s all we have. We’re not promised tomorrow, so we live every day like it’s our last as our Lord tells us to. You’re going to see a great fight on Saturday, a real Mexican, 6-foot-9, 260-pound giant.”
Whether you love him or loathe him, we need people like Fury in our sport. There is no denying his talent, but it’s his bravado and charisma that honestly set him apart. Muhammad Ali captured audiences because he knew how to talk the talk and back it up, and Fury has similar qualities.
“Do I look like I’m enjoying life?” Fury asked. “One hundred percent. I’m ecstatic to be alive. A true blessing from God. I’m very thankful that I was given this life. I’m thankful to be here in Las Vegas and thankful for all the people that turned out. Otto Wallin is a tall blonde, just the way I like them. We’ll see what he brings on Saturday.”
Expect another showcase from Fury this weekend.
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