FROM STARDOM TO BOREDOM
Anthony Joshua had the biggest fight of his career this April, it was a fight filled with action the entire time and our first time watching Joshua really struggle against an opponent. It has been one of the most exciting heavyweight match ups in recent years, one that we needed. After that night, people wondered what would lie next for Anthony Joshua, who else could he add to his elusive 100% knock out ratio. Many did not expect Kubrat Pulev, being the #1 contender for the IBF belt.
Pulev is a remarkable boxer and has beaten some considerable opposition; Dereck Chisora, Alexander Dimitrenko and Tony Thompson to name a few. Has he done enough to earn a mandatory spot? He probably has but that doesn’t mean people want to watch the fight sadly. Bernard Hopkins, a long reigning champion of the sport was never happy with mandatories and the fact he would get criticised for fighting them.
Just recently, we heard of Terence Crawford vacating his IBF belt after recently capturing it in a super-lightweight showdown. An undisputed champion for only 11 days which we can only believe is because a fight against Lipinets doesn’t create enough interest.
The situation that Joshua is now in, being forced to fight his mandatory which many believe Joshua will cruise through. The perhaps most irritating factor is it will be Joshua’s last fight of 2017. After being in such an enthralling fight with Klitschko which could be fight of the year, its frustrating to see him go from that calibre of a fight to f***ing Pulev. The man who got beat by Joshua’s last victim in 5 rounds. Yes, Klitschko was younger but its hard to believe if you watched his last performance, it was his best in years.
Anthony Joshua had hopes of rematching Klitschko or even fighting the likes of Tyson Fury. No one really knows what Fury is doing, until he gives the media something to talk about. That fight wouldn’t happen but it would have been the fight which would have given Joshua the perfect year.
The Joshua-Pulev sadly doesn’t generate interest, Joshua could have secured a spot for fighter of the year with just one more big fight this year. This fight entertains casuals and what would have made it interesting is Pulev pulling off an extraordinary performance against someone highly regarded. He just hasn’t done that. There hasn’t been that performance to convince me he deserves another world title fight. It is happening and sadly not everyone wants to get behind it.
Anthony Joshua fights again on October 28th in Cardiff.