Anthony Joshua Returns to Winning Ways, but Critics Remain Unimpressed
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Boxing fans were treated to a less-than-thrilling bout as Anthony Joshua took on Jermaine Franklin in a match that was ultimately decided by the referee's decision after 12 rounds. Despite the win, many fans and fellow boxers felt that Joshua played it too safe and failed to deliver an exciting performance.
"Lack of Aggression": Dillian Whyte's Assessment
Immediately after the match, promoter Eddie Hearn mentioned that Dillian Whyte and Tyson Fury are the top contenders for Joshua's next opponent. However, Whyte, who was ringside for the bout, was unimpressed with Joshua's performance.
"Joshua has lost all his aggression and killer instincts," Whyte told BBC Radio 5 Live. "If he doesn't want to do it any more, I think he should stop." Whyte also shared his thoughts on Joshua's performance on DAZN, stating, "I don't think he looked particularly good tonight.
He seems a bit apprehensive, the right hand is still there and the boxing skills are still there, but the aggression is not there." Whyte continued, "The difference is in the last two rounds I went after Franklin, he didn't.
I'll always have a go, win, lose or draw, I'll have a go."
"Haters Gonna Hate": Joshua Responds
At the post-fight press conference, Joshua was informed of his colleagues' critiques but appeared unfazed. He responded with a dismissive attitude, saying, "They're pure haters, they hate, but what's there is.
I don't even expect them to like me. I don't like them either, so fuck them all. There are a lot of haters out there, but they are certainly not my friends." It seems that both Whyte and Fury have started a "campaign" to fight Joshua, and Whyte remains a realistic option for his next opponent.
Despite the criticism, Joshua's win last night solidifies his position as one of the top boxers in the world.