ANTHONY JOSHUA brings that raw strength that George Foreman had, that Frank Bruno had, and it will take him, as long as he’s in shape and dedicated, all the way to the top. He will be able to bulldoze his way through most of the division.
But with that style, when you’re going forward, you’re going to get caught. He’s still lacking the crucial elements, like the timing and the distance, but he recovered well enough from that excellent Dillian Whyte left hook in the second round. He kept his power, he wanted to engage and he wanted to have a fight. He has that mentality which means he’s going to be exciting and he’s not always going to stick to the game plan. He wanted to veer off, he wanted to get even, so it made for a good fight and, overall, it was a good performance.
Joshua is real sharp, he’s real fast. He’s a beast, he’s like a wrecking machine. He now needs those fundamentals. We’ve seen British fighters like Lennox Lewis and Amir Khan wait until they stumble before getting that old-school training in America. I think Joshua needs that schooling now, so that he can stay ahead of the game.
With the heavyweights it’s not just winning the title, it’s about keeping it for a long time. And Joshua needs those heavyweight fundamentals: how to tie up, how to measure distance.
But Joshua has all the ingredients required to be great. He’s fully focused, he’s young, he’s hungry. He may not be ready for a big step up, but with his style and power he would blitz some guys who are at a higher level right now. The problem is, once he’s at that level, he’s stuck. His learning curve is not quite there, and he’d be playing catch-up. The thing to do is hold him back, and there are plenty of guys for him to fight where he is going to learn. David Price and Dereck Chisora are good opponents for him at domestic level, there are plenty of guys in Europe – like Mariusz Wach – who could take him rounds.
The heavyweight division is on fire at the moment. Wladimir Klitschko losing has opened it up, and I don’t look at Tyson Fury [inset] as a long-term option but what a great performance. Technically he did the right thing, he moved, he feinted and Klitschko didn’t have a clue. Now the UK press are trying to bring Fury down. He’s won that title but he’s getting so much negative press it’s almost like they’re trying to take it off him. They should focus on something that hadn’t been done for 10 years, but unfortunately that’s the British way.