Does Beating Wilder & Parker Make Joshua An All-Time Great?
Anthony Joshua believes becoming the first heavyweight in history to hold all four world title belts would put him alongside the likes of Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis in the pantheon of boxing greats.
Joshua became a unified champion in April when he added the WBA strap to his IBF title with victory over Wladimir Klitschko in only his 19th professional contest.
Following his victory over Carlos Takam last month, the unbeaten 28-year-old is on a collision course with WBO king Joseph Parker and WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
The last undisputed champion in the heavyweight division was UK native Lennox Lewis. Joshua recently received unsought after criticism a few weeks ago for Sky Sports having a poll that said he was about to overtake Lewis as the greatest heavyweight in UK history.
Joshua had nothing to do with the poll but now he claims victory over the other two belt holders would put him alongside the best heavyweights in history – including The Greatest of all.
“One hundred per cent because we have done something credible, tangible and we have the assets to prove it. I always say the proof is in the pudding.” said Joshua.
“I’m on the verge of mentioning my name alongside the greats like Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson.”
“At the minute, I’m a prospect and I know what the future holds but I’ll just a keep a lid on it for now because we still have so far to go.’‘
Not sure I could ever compare Wilder or Parker to Holyfield and Tyson much less Frazier and Foreman! What becomes of Joshua’s career is yet to be determined but one things for sure; he’s got a long, long way to go before he enters the pantheon of the Ali’s, Louis’s, Johnson’s or even Lennox Lewis for that matter.
By: Chris Henderson