by Charles Brown: Anthony Joshua made big production on Monday to dismiss reports that he had accepted a lucrative £15m bid to step aside so victor Oleksandr Usek could face Tyson Fury for the undisputed heavyweight championship.
Boxing fans believe Joshua should take his £15m deal aside if it exists as it will ensure he will be in a massive fight later this year against the Fury vs. Usyk.
Fans don’t want to see Joshua get beaten up a second time by Usyk in April because it permanently destroys any chances of him facing the wrath.
Joshua doesn’t like the idea of stepping aside to let Fury fight Usyk, but it would be the best thing for him now.
During Joshua’s lengthy statement on Monday in response to the £15m report, he referred to himself as a ‘smart individual’.
If true, the case is that Joshua should easily agree to a £15m deal, step aside and avoid absorbing a second almost certain defeat at the hands of Osek.
Struggling Joshua, who has fought two of his last five fights, wanted boxing fans to know that the Telegraph’s report was a complete “Bulls**t”.
However, it would be beneficial for Joshua to agree to an offer to step down if someone offered him. Joshua’s ego may hurt by agreeing to step down, but at least he can continue his career a little longer.
If Joshua avoids fighting Usik, he can keep his ship afloat a little longer. However, he would not be able to remain among the best players in the division without taking drastic measures.
The only way Joshua would remain among the best fighters in the division was if his promoter Hearn matched him against highly outmaneuverable men who lacked the strength and talent to defeat him.
Joshua only has 2 or 3 battles left in him
Regardless, Joshua only had two or three fights left before fans completely gave up on paying to watch his fights.
At 32, Joshua became Frank Bruno and Oliver McCall’s heavyweight type. It’s food for top players Such as Tyson Fury, Alexander Usek, Frank Sanchez, Filio Hergovic, Tony Yoka, Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce.
Even if Joshua isn’t offered a step aside, he must back down to allow WBC Heavyweight Champion Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) to battle IBF/WBA/WBO Champion Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs).
Why is Joshua stepping down?
a. Joshua will save his faltering career
B. Fans will see the best for the best [Fury vs. Usyk].
C. AJ will have enough time to make an adjustment
net worth of 80 million dollars, Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) doesn’t need the $20 million to step aside, but he does need to salvage his declining career.
If AJ chooses to be stubborn about not stepping aside, he will almost certainly be humiliated a second time by Usyk in their match in April. Once that happens, Joshua’s chances of adding to his $80 million net worth will slowly disappear. We’ve seen it with VIPs in the past like Evander Holyfield.
Fans will continue to watch Joshua, but if he literally can’t be relied upon to beat any of the top-ranking weightlifters in the division, fans will continue to spend their hard-earned money elsewhere rather than throwing it away watching AJ lose.
So that Joshua continues to bring the dough In his fights, he should consistently win, but he doesn’t seem to be able to do that at this point in his declining career.
The fact that Joshua was so badly beaten up by Andy Ruiz Jr. and Usick of the Heavy Underdogs suggests that he wasn’t the fighter he was before. But for all we know, Joshua would have lost to these two fighters even during the best years of his career from 2013 to 2017.
Let’s say you remember watching Joshua given three controversial decisions in a row at the 2012 London Olympics and awarded a questionable media gold. In this case, it’s understandable why he lost to the likes of Usyek and Ruiz.
It was no coincidence that Usyk dominated Joshua last September at Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium in North London, England. Joshua couldn’t pull the trigger with his shots due to him being shy about being sent off by Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019.
When Joshua fought hard early on against his alternate opponent, the 269-pound Ruiz, he was tackled and badly hurt. Since that fight, Joshua has been afraid to use his strength to try and win his contests.
Joshua’s stamina issues are another reason he refused to fight hard against Usyk because he knew that if he put his foot on the throttle, he would gasp out and be at the mercy of the Ukrainian talent.