Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Bernard Hopkins Gives Joshua The Edge To Beat Deontay Wilder

Former two division world champion and now Golden Boy Promotions executive Bernard Hopkins is giving the edge to IBF, IBO, WBA champion Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) to defeat WBC champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) in a unification.

If both boxers come through in their upcoming bouts, there is talk of a unification fight next summer - in the UK or Las Vegas.

Joshua would have to overcome mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev of Bulgaria next month in Cardiff, and then Wilder is being lined to face Cuba's Luis Ortiz in November at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

joshua-wilder

Hopkins does not give Joshua a big edge to win, but he does give him the edge to come out on top.

"I think he [Joshua] is more savvy, the veteran - even though he is not a veteran," said Hopkins to Sky Sports. "He has experience and he'll fight with great confidence. I have to give the edge to him, I really do. Not a big edge, but I have to give it to Joshua based on, not just his size - but that's a factor, but the way he believes in himself. Look how he fights."

Hopkins believes Joshua would have to fight in the United States, against the top fighters, in order to become a superstar in the sport. Wilder already has a television deal with Showtime, and his last fight - a stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko in April - was televised by both HBO and Showtime in the United States.

"What he needs to do is to come to America and fight the top champions, if they are willing to fight. The top contenders, if they are willing to fight," Hopkins said.

"He has the ingredients, he definitely has the personality and he can flat out fight. A superstar in the making. He is in the position to become the face of the heavyweight division. Right now, I can't give him that."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 09-17-2017

[QUOTE=TexasCowBoy;18056572]Alright My Fellow Dr of the Sweet Science but AJ has more.pedigree than deontayduckus wilderquackus that is just for starters.....AJ decisively beat The Man who had a stranglehold on the Heavyweight Division for over a decade....Tyson Fury blueprinted Wlad and…

Comment by TexasCowBoy on 09-17-2017

[QUOTE=Dasmius Shinobi;18044404]Do you know Wilder have the power, the equalizer punch to TKO/KO Joshua? I have this match up 55/45 in favor of Joshua. This fight is winnable for Anthony Joshua; but, he got no room for slips ups, because…

Comment by TexasCowBoy on 09-17-2017

[QUOTE=vitali1999;18044539]That's not saying much. I would give half the guys on this forum the edge to beat wilder. Wilder isn't anywhere close to Joshua's level.[/QUOTE] Yeah....I with you my fellow Dr of the Sweet Science but Tyson Fury was the…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 09-16-2017

[QUOTE=Kigali;18051765]Ortiz is washed up....his legs are gone.[/QUOTE] Even without legs he would be Wilders best opponent , boxing in a wheel chair . The big question is what is Ortiz going to do now ? I heard he liked to…

Comment by Kigali on 09-16-2017

[QUOTE=DuckAdonis;18051534]Ortiz has the chance to beat both wilder and AJ[/QUOTE] Ortiz is washed up....his legs are gone.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (70)
Top Headlines De La Hoya: Golovkin is Afraid of Canelo - We're Moving On! Photos: Ancajas vs. Sultan, Yafai vs. Carmona - Final Presser Joseph Diaz Will Return Even Stronger, Says Manager Denis Shafikov vs. Hector Suarez Tops Hollywood Fight Nights Roman Gonzalez Eyes United States Return in September Whyte-Pulev: Surprise Bidder Beats Hearn, Sauerland For Rights Photos: Wilder, Sulaiman, Lewis, Stallone Hit The White House Jeff Horn Involved in Car Accident, No Injuries Suffered Donald Trump Issues Rare Posthumous Pardon To Jack Johnson Jermall Charlo: Me & My Brother Open to Hearing Hearn's Offers UK News: Phil Sutcliffe, Sean McComb Debut, More Christina Hammer Talks Training Camp For Showtime Defense Hearn Confirms July Return for Brook; Date, Opponent & Site TBA Photos: Naoya Inoue, Jamie McDonnell - Ready For War in Japan Robert Easter Adds Cunningham To His Team For Garcia Bout Jose Ramirez's Adviser Explains Why Freddie Roach Was Replaced Arum Ready To Make Deal: Stevenson Must Fight Gvozdyk Next McDonnell: When I Beat Inoue, Everyone in World Will Know Me Hekkie Budler's Trainer Breaks Down The Big Upset in Japan Everton Lopes, Two-Time Olympian, Decides To Retire Is David Haye About To Retire From Boxing? Horn's Trainer: We Can't Afford To Let Crawford Land Big Shots Luis Ortiz Coach Expects Wilder Rematch, Feels Joshua Will Delay Jousce Gonzalez, Aaron McKenna Win Bouts on Charity Card Jamie McDonnell-Naoya Inoue: Stats & Stakes Luis Ortiz Trainer: Dillian Whyte is Nothing Special, He Won't Win Photos: David Lemieux, Karim Achour - Go Face To Face Lomachenko Gives Up WBO 130 Title, Remains at Lightweight Photos: Jerwin Ancajas, Kal Yafai, Jonas Sultan - Open Workouts Broner Blasts Hearn's Three-Fight, $6.75M Offer as 'Slave Deal' Oscar Valdez's Manager Gives Status on Injury, Ring Return Dejan Zlaticanin Back on June 21, Broadway Boxing in Astoria Hearn Provides Update on Joshua vs. Wilder Negotiations Photos: Lucas Matthysse Putting in Work For Pacquiao Fight Photos: Naoya Inoue vs. Jamie McDonnell - Final Presser ESPN, UFC Announce and Outline Huge Multi-Year Deal PBC With 3 Hour Memorial Day Weekend Show David Lemieux Wants To Make a Statement in Achour Fight Ivan Dychko vs. Mike Marrone on June 16 in St. Petersburg Lucas Matthysse: I Expect The Same Manny Pacquiao as Always
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement