Joshua Squashes “AJ Ducked” Saga: “Wilder Wasn’t Ready To Fight Me”

Anthony Joshua Brings Receipts Showing Wilder Turned Down the Fight

Anthony Joshua makes his case on Deontay Wilder saga
Anthony Joshua makes his case on Deontay Wilder saga

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.


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.


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

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."