Derek Chisora, a seasoned heavyweight boxer, offers insight into Anthony Joshua's mindset, suggesting a decline in his drive and willpower. Chisora, after sparring with Joshua and closely watching his career, claims that Joshua's journey through the world of boxing is like a Hollywood movie, where the initial hunger and determination have subsided.
He claims this is due to Joshua's financial success, as the Brit is now in a financial position, stating: "Boxing is like a Rocky movie. Rocky used to beat everybody and then he boxed Mr. T and stopped running at six in the morning.
I think my brother has made enough money now that his hunger is gone." Despite this observation, Chisora believes Joshua still has the potential to become a three-time world champion. However, he acknowledges the need to rekindle that burning desire.
Joshua is certainly not at his peak anymore and probably the previous defeats affected his desire and morale.
IBF belt or dollars in the fight with Wilder
Joshua's recent win over Otto Wallin has moved him up to second in the IBF rankings, putting him in contention for the vacant IBF heavyweight title.
With that belt expected to become vacant following Oleksandr Usyk's unquestioned fight against Tyson Fury, the sanctioning body has made it clear that the top two challengers (Filip Hrgovic and Joshua in this scenario) – will fight for the vacant title.
Joshua's team now face a crucial decision, whether to claim the vacant IBF title or embark on a potentially lucrative non-title bout against Deontay Wilder. Wilder is very popular, and because of their physical fitness and knockout power, it would be a highly watched match.
The choice will undoubtedly have a significant impact on Joshua's career, and he will surely find the best solution with the advice of his team. Derek Chisora's assessment of Joshua's mental state is probably a very realistic and crucial item for the continuation of his career.
What happens to him in this part of his career is very well known to older and more experienced boxers. It remains to be seen if Anthony will recapture the hunger and determination that fueled his initial rise.