Anthony Joshua’s ‘will and desire’ to be a world heavyweight champion has been called into question by the father of his main rival
The Brit lost his titles in September at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when he suffered a unanimous points decision defeat by Oleksandr Usyk.
The defeat derailed his attempts to secure a unification bout with Tyson Fury – who held up his part of the bargain by beating Deontay Wilder in the States earlier this month.
And Fury’s father John has suggested AJ will struggle to return to his former heights after losing his belts for a second time, insisting he does not possess the same spirit as his son – or his most recent opponent.
‘You’ve only got to look at Joshua’s body language after the fight, his behavior on the stool. His behavior, warriors don’t behave like that,’ John Fury told the True Geordie podcast, as per Boxing Scene.
‘If you look at Tyson and you look at Deontay Wilder – Deontay Wilder [never] dipped his head much to say I’ve given me all I can’t do anymore, he was just all out.
‘He wasn’t making any emotions like he was discomforted, he wasn’t trying to do anything but soak it all in. Deontay Wilder fought his heart out, he had nothing left at all. I think he was teetering on being conscious when he was sat on his stool.
‘AJ didn’t do anything wrong, you can only do what you can do in boxing. He just hasn’t got the desire or the will – not a quarter of it of these other two men, Wilder or my son.
‘Honestly he’s been a good champion, but does he ever beat these other two men? Definitely not, because he’s not a one punch knockout artist like Wilder either.’
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has revealed Joshua has exercised his rematch clause in his fight contract with Usyk, with the pair expected to meet next spring.
Fury, meanwhile, could look to face the winner of Dillian Whyte’s clash with Otto Wallin as he waits to see if a mega-fight with Joshua could still emerge as an option.