Tyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has dismissed Anthony Joshua’s win over Robert Helenius as a ‘bore’.
Joshua put in a affected person efficiency earlier than knocking out Helenius within the seventh spherical on Saturday, edging nearer to a combat with Deontay Wilder.
It was a much-needed stoppage win for “AJ”, 33, however Warren has mentioned he was not impressed by the previous champion’s displaying.
“I thought it was pretty boring up until the knockout,” Warren instructed Boxing Social on Tuesday (15 August). “That’s what it was. I agree with the crowd, who were booing!
“It was a bore, it was a bore up until then. He caught him with a big shot, but let’s get it right: He’s the guy who’s got a big punch, and the other guy – when he fights at that level – normally gets knocked out when he steps up.
“What happened, happened. I know it was a last-minute [replacement] and all that. I don’t read anything into it. You’ve not learnt any more about AJ from that fight, coming out of it, than you did going into it.”
Warren additionally performed down Joshua’s probabilities in opposition to Wilder, who fought Fury to a controversial attract 2018 earlier than shedding to the “Gypsy King” in 2020 and 2021.
“Tyson’s [nearly] beaten Wilder three times, so if [Joshua] beats Wilder – I don’t think he will – so what? Tyson’s probably taken a lot of miles off of his clock. Tyson did a job on him in that second fight, certainly in the third fight.
“I don’t think he’d beat Wilder, but that’s irrelevant.”
A combat between Briton Joshua and American Wilder is within the works for January 2024. Saudi Arabia is predicted to host the heavyweight conflict, if it involves fruition.
Wilder, 37, final fought in October, stopping Helenius within the first spherical.
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