WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) is far more impressed by Tyson Fury's upset decision win over Wladimir Klitschko from November of 2015 - when the 'Gypsy King' captured the WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight titles.
He feels Anthony Joshua's TKO victory over Klitschko is extremely overhyped.
Joshua faced Klitschko back in April, before 90,000 fans at Wembley in London. It was Klitschko's first fight since the loss to Fury.
In the fight, Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) was decked hard in the sixth round and appeared to be in serious trouble. But he was able to recover and eventually rallied to drop Klitschko twice in the eleventh for the TKO win to unify the WBA, IBO, IBF belts.
"It’s impressive to a lot of people. To be honest, to me, it’s like, hey, Tyson Fury beat him while he was a champion, AND he went to his back yard to do it! That’s more impressive to me," Wilder told The42.
"That’s more impressive to me than a Klitschko who’s gotten older, with a 17-month layoff, that already got beaten, coming back just to get knocked out. How impressive is that, really?”
Wilder also believes that if Klitschko had Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward in his corner, he would have likely beaten Joshua that night.
Steward passed away in 2012 - and then assistant trainer Jonathan Banks took over the training duties.
"I had Klitschko to beat him, and Klitschko had the opportunity to do so, but he made the wrong decisions in the ring, and that’s a fact," Wilder said.
“No disrespect to my man JB [Jonathan Banks] as Klitschko’s trainer – I love JB – but if he had Emanuel Steward, it would have been a different Klitschko. And I don’t blame that on JB. I really blame it on Klitschko himself, because after Emanuel Steward, you can tell that Klitschko – no matter what he hears from JB – he’s going to do what he want to do, regardless. The respect he had for Emanuel and the respect he has for JB are two different respects.
“The champion should be Wladimir Klitschko right now. [Joshua] knows that. But that’s the past, and it’s time to look to the present and try to make a better future. That future is me versus Anthony Joshua in a unification fight. Me and Joshua will be a great fight too, but it gonna end bad for somebody. No more excuses."