Reactions from pundits have started pouring as Anthony Joshua made his comeback, brutally knocking out his foe, Robert Helenius, last Saturday at 02 Arena in London.
Joshua devastatingly pummelled Helenius and floored him in round seven, the first knockout in three years, to set himself against Deontay Wilder next year.
According to Jack Rathborn, David Haye, commented, ” Anthony Joshua would not have beaten Oleksandry Usyk. I’d like to see him of the calibre of Helenius, and treat him like Wilder, you can’t stand there jabbing against Wilder. Would that performance have beaten Usyk? No.
Andy Lee expressed, ” Anthony Joshua is a man of the people. I could see Helenius, he was slowing down. Joshua was figuring things out. He was hesitant.”
“The way the world works, those previous six rounds, forget about them, the knockout will go around the world. He needs another two to three fights. Wilder is technically not great, but he’s devastating, you can’t be hesitating with him. He’s a man of the people though, Johua,” Lee concluded.
But Darren Barker stated, “We got what we wanted, AJ got what he wanted. There’s no doubt AJ wanted a knockout, going into a blockbuster against Wilder. It’s a fight that’s been in the making for a long time. Imagine the energy. Wilder will be straight in the face.”
“So many fans, everybody wants to see that fight. Usually get what they want. There’s so much money on the table, so many fans, everybody wants to see that fight. Usually people get what they want.”
Tony Bellew opined, “Joshua could be recovering from haunting Andy Ruiz experience,” adding, “When you go back in the ring after being stopped, it can haunt you for a while. It’ll take a knockout victories like this… you find out your vulnerabilities.”
Boxing analyst, Barry Jones said, Joshua is still not punching through the target, analysing, there is still confidence issue, “He’s throwing the right hand too far out. He’s committed to the jab, when he throws the right hand, it’s done.”
” The right hand is always falling a bit short. He’s lacking that confidence since Ruiz 1. Once you do it, you believe it, I think now we’ll see a more confidence Anthony Joshua.”
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