IBF, WBO, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua does not agree with that manner that Deontay Wilder handled the first defeat of his pro career.
Back in February, Wilder lost his WBC world title when he was dropped twice and stopped in the seventh round by Tyson Fury at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Joshua himself tasted defeat for the first time back in June of 2019, when he was dropped four times and stopped in seven by Andy Ruiz at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Wilder has exercised an immediate rematch clause, and will face Fury for a third time in the fall.
Joshua got revenge in December, when he dominated Ruiz over twelve rounds to reclaim the world titles in Saudi Arabia.
Regarding his loss, Wilder's immediate reaction was to indicate that his ring-walk outfit was too heavy and weakened his legs when the contest began.
In the wake of Wilder's defeat, Joshua explained that he was very tempted to take a few verbal shots at his division rival.
"Oh yeah, oh yeah. I went into my drawer and pulled out my long list of things to say, I’ve got a lot of things to say about Wilder. But you don’t knock a man when he’s down, also. And that was at the top of the list. I have to stand by those principles," Joshua told the SI Boxing Podcast with Chris Mannix.
"But for sure, I think me and Wilder, as I say, are cut from a different cloth. He’s what we call… it begins with a ‘b’ and ends with a ‘h’. I’m not like that, I’m more of a man. I don’t really get on the internet talking crap. The only times you’ve seen me talking recklessly is against Dillian Whyte and Jarrell Miller. Other than that I’m an ambassador of the sport. I’m trying to be clean, representing my sponsorships, represent DAZN properly, I try to stay away from the typical stereotype of a heavyweight boxer. It’s difficult but I have it in me to fire up and talk recklessly when needed."