As BoxingScene.com previously reported, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder believes Anthony Joshua “gave up” against Andy Ruizand will lose the rematch but can still rebound.
Joshua was shocked by Ruiz last month at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Ruiz dropped Joshua four times to secure a seventh round stoppage, which allowed him to capture the IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO heavyweight championships and that also ended Joshua's immediate hopes of an undisputed title fight with Wilder.
There is a rematch being negotiated, as Joshua exercised his rematch clause. The second fight is likely going to take place on December 14th in Cardiff, according to Hearn.
He says Joshua can still fight on and continue his career - even if he loses the rematch.
“It is not over for Anthony. Just because you lose, it doesn’t mean it’s over,” Wilder exclusively told Sky Sports from the Fitzroy Lodge amateur gym in London.
“Even if he loses the rematch, which I feel he will. I don’t think he knows how he lost. He was knocked down four times. He gave up, in my opinion.”
Joshua is expected to go straight into a second fight against new champion Ruiz in an attempt to regain his world titles.
“I wasn’t surprised,” Wilder reflected on the first Joshua vs Ruiz fight.
“I was happy for Andy, for where the guy came from. Like a lot of us fighters, he was looking for the lottery tickets.
“He said: ‘mama, we ain’t got to struggle any more’. That touched me because we all come from some type of place. We are all trying to support our families. We are all looking for the meal ticket."