Anthony Joshua has had high expectations placed upon him since his days as an amateur. Expectations grew, even more, when he captured Olympic gold. As a professional, he has met many expectations even becoming a world champion, but the expectations are far from being fulfilled.
Joshua’s biggest accomplishment in the heavyweight division is clearly his victory over Wladamir Klitschko. Klitschko was old by boxing standards and in his final days of the sport. Klitschko came close to knocking out Joshua before getting knocked out himself. With that, there were many questions left in terms of Joshua reaching his level of expectations.
The next tests that came about were Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin. Joshua won those two fights convincingly but there are only two names in the division that fans want to see him square off against, Tyson Fury and Deonte Wilder. A fight with Fury could possibly be the easiest to make and would do huge numbers in the United Kingdom. If Joshua felt that Povetkin was awkward then Fury would definitely put him to the test.
The Wilder fight would mean the most. Despite Joshua holding three titles none of them mean as much as Wilder’s WBC belt. A victory over Wilder would cement Joshua atop if the heavyweight hill. So what has been the hold-up? While all sides talk their talk it seems like we get more smoke and mirrors from Joshua’s side. Tyson Fury has already taken the risk of fighting away from home which is something Joshua has yet to do. If you are a world champion you get your ass out there in the world and show why you’re a champion. Aside from that, why wait for the two other biggest names in the division to fight each other when they have been calling you out for a long time?