Anthony Joshua 'more dangerous' than Wilder
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In a recent interview with Sky Sports heavyweight boxer Eric Molina, who has fought both Wilder and Joshua, argued that Joshua is the “more dangerous” fighter.
Wilder currently holds a more prestigious title than Joshua - with Wilder the WBC Champion and Joshua the IBF Heavyweight Champ. However Joshua bowled Molina over inside three rounds while it took the American champion nine to dispatch the Texan.
Wilder’s unparalleled aggression in the ring has intimidated opponents helped him rack up a deeply impressive record. He’s undefeated in 38 fights, 37 of those wins came by knockout.
Molina’s claim that Joshua was much tougher to fight against is an interesting one as regards the future of the division. Should all go well for Joshua in his career-defining match-up with Wladimir Klitschko, the two will surely face off in a title-unification bout at some point.
Molina was full of praise for Joshua:
“I never really could find him in a vulnerable state. It was difficult for me to come off with anything because I couldn't really find much. I always tend to start slow, to figure things out, but there was nothing to figure out. He was just too strong and that wasn't going to be any way that I was going to be able to hurt him.”
He went on describe the important difference between the rival champions in terms of predictability:
“When I fought Wilder, he came with his ones and twos, and I could see them coming. They are strong punches, don't get me wrong, but I was able to see those punches coming because you see it in his body.”
That’s not to say that Wilder vs. Joshua would be at all one sided. While Wilder may be aptly named and easier to predict, putting up with his power is a whole different story- as his victims can testify. Joshua has similar knockout power but with more defensive aspects to his style. If Joshua bypasses Klitschko on Saturday, and paves the way for the two to eventually meet, it will likely be one of the great fights of our generation.