Anthony Joshua says he would knock out fellow British heavyweight Joe Joyce in a single spherical in the event that they had been to face one another.
Joshua could also be on the lookout for a brand new opponent within the rematch for his world title towards Oleksandr Usyk after the Ukrainian flew again to his homeland to assist struggle the Russian invasion.
Joshua activated a rematch clause to struggle once more for the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles after Usyk surprised him final September, however it’s unclear when the Ukrainian can be able to return to the ring.
In response to posts on Twitter on Wednesday, Joshua dismissed the possibilities that Joyce and fellow heavyweight Otto Wallen would have had towards him, citing the victories he had over each on the novice degree.
Joshua wrote: “Do you actually suppose I will not struggle @JoeJoyceBoxing?
“Lol, effectively… I shared this ring with most people you see within the heavyweight division at the moment!
“I broke Otto Wallen twice after I was younger and put Joe into boxing and stopped him in a single spherical. I might have accomplished the identical at the moment! Nothing has modified.”
Joshua was responding to a publish that quoted Wallen promoter Dimitri Salita as saying that the Swedish heavyweight is the “most attention-grabbing” opponent of the two-time world champion.
Joshua and Joyce are each former Olympic medalists, with Joshua profitable the heavyweight gold medal at London 2012 earlier than Joyce took silver in the identical weight class 4 years later in Rio de Janeiro.
Joyce, unbeaten by 12 knockouts from 13 victories, final fought in July 2021, defeating Carlos Takam by knockout at Wembley Area.
“I respect Wilder, however he wasn’t prepared for my warriors.”
Joshua additionally tried to dismiss solutions that he had beforehand averted going through fellow former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, claiming it was the other.
Joshua pointed to Wilder’s social media publish in 2020, through which the American stated he selected to rematch Tyson Fury relatively than struggle Joshua.
Joshua wrote: “I have to say extra! Let’s put this ‘AJ ducked’ saga to relaxation.”
“I respect Wilder, he is fighter. He wasn’t prepared to struggle me! If you happen to do not imagine me. See beneath.”
Joshua additionally responded to social media posts questioning the regularity of his bouts and his combating type.
Joshua stated of his inactivity: “Profitable the heavyweight championships in my sixteenth struggle was a present and a curse! It halted my progress as an energetic fighter!”
In response to a suggestion that his combating type has been much less aggressive since his first defeat – to Andy Ruiz in 2019 – Joshua stated: “I needed to be a extra agile boxer.
“Boxing 101 – Hit and do not hit. I used to be instructed if I like combating and needed to maintain going for years, attempt to not get hit an excessive amount of.
“Dropping or hitting should not make you afraid of boxing. It made me work on my weak spot. It is arduous to clarify however make it what you’ll be able to.”