When Anthony Joshua bested Robert Helenius, the boxing world buzzed with anticipation. The victory opened up a potential match with Deontay Wilder, a face-off that both fighters, promoters, and a substantial number of investors, especially from Saudi Arabia, eagerly want to see materialize.
If Wilder's post-knockout remarks are any indication, this bout seems destined to happen, ushering in a new chapter in heavyweight boxing history.
The Powerhouses of Boxing
The mere mention of Joshua and Wilder in the same ring is enough to give any boxing aficionado palpitations.
Both have staked their claims on boxing's grandest stage, and the energy surrounding their impending clash has been nothing short of electric. "I don't know,” a reflective Joshua mused during a post-fight press conference, addressing the speculations of what might have happened if their face-off had occurred sooner. “It’s all the same.
We’re gonna fight, and what will be will be. I can’t look back... I’m just focused on smashing [Wilder’s] head in now – and that’s it”.
A Fight for the Ages
While some opine that the gravity of the Joshua-Wilder match would have been heightened had it taken place at the iconic Wembley Stadium in London when both were reigning champions, Joshua offers a more pragmatic view.
He believes that the bout's timing doesn't diminish its importance or appeal. “Any time is a good time to fight,” Joshua professed. “It’s only a fight. It doesn’t matter who it is. It could've been Wilder eight years ago or Wilder now, don’t matter.
It is what it is at the end of the day... And boxing wins. So, roll on, really. I’m just happy that we can get the fight going, and I think people appreciate that. You know, I’m doing my best to keep heavyweight boxing on the map”.
While fans across the globe are thirsty for this boxing spectacle, many are also wary. The heavyweight boxing arena has, unfortunately, been marred by deceitful tactics and evasions. Yet, the hope remains that this match, destined to be legendary, will be free from such detractions.
In the end, this impending showdown is not just about two men in a ring. It symbolizes the passion, dedication, and spirit of boxing itself. The world waits with bated breath, eager to witness history in the making.
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Anthony Joshua obliterates Robert Helenius in the 7 round