Nigeria-born British boxer, Anthony Joshua has defended the tactics employed during his victory over Andy Ruiz Jr.
Joshua defeated Ruiz in Saudi Arabia last week Saturday to claim the belts he lost to Ruiz six months ago.
WBC champion, Deontay Wilder, condemned Joshua over his jab and grab technique.
Wilder told The Athletic, “Joshua did what he had to do to get the win. He ran around the ring and was on his bike all day.”
“You want to dominate guys, man. I’m not coming in, after losing to this guy, to just dance and grab and jab and hold. I’m going to show the world and convince them I am the very best and that no one is close to me.”
AJ hit back at his rival’s comments, insisting that he deserves credit for showing the discipline to box smart and prise back the heavyweight world titles.
“That’s Wilder’s opinion, a lot of people don’t have a good bone in their body to say a positive thing anyway. I outboxed the heavyweight champion of the world for 12 rounds. I don’t think I lost a round. Maybe one”
“I come in there with a great game plan, I’m successful. Isn’t that good enough?”
“You can’t box to keep everyone happy; you have to box for the win. And I feel like when I’m at home celebrating, he’s there talking about negativity. Negative energy breeds failure so I’m just going to keep a positive mindset and build on that victory.”
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