Anthony Joshua Brings Evidence He Didn’t Duck: Words From Deontay Wilder
Some fighters like to engage with fans on social media more than others, and on rare occasions, they will even hold lengthy exchanges. Former unified heavyweight champion Anthony “AJ” Joshua (24-2, 22 KO’s) did just that, clapping back at fans for bringing up old history.
HOW THE JOURNEY STARTED
At one point, Joshua versus then WBC champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KO’s) was viewed as the biggest fight in boxing. The moment both men held titles in the same year back in 2016, the United States versus United Kingdom rivalry went into overdrive.
One can argue it was the only thing talked about throughout the boxing community at the time. All the boxing chat groups on any social media platform had AJ fans versus Wilder fans, and the noise for them to fight got even bigger with each win they would rack up.
The cry for them to fight piqued when Joshua regained his titles in a rematch against Andy Ruiz, and Wilder received a gift draw against former champion Tyson Fury.
WHO DUCKED WHO
Fast forward, Wilder lost twice to Fury, and Joshua is in limbo waiting on a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk after losing back in 2021. Joshua v Wilder is officially placed in the “opportunity missed” category. However, during the entire saga, the one constant theme among all the fans was one of them ducked the other. That phrase got thrown around more than a baseball in the practice field. So, when the former unified champion was hit with the ‘you ducked Wilder’ theme, he wasted little time clapping back with receipts.
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By: Garrisson Bland