Anthony Joshua has been warned against fighting Deontay Wilder in the immediate future by talkSPORT’s Simon Jordan.
The former heavyweight world champion is now in the process of mapping out his return after his two defeats to Oleksandr Usyk.
AJ entered talks to jump straight back in with Tyson Fury in December, though these negotiations ultimately came to nothing.
“I think common sense has prevailed,” Jordan said on White and Jordan on talkSPORT.
“We may have wanted this situation with Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, but it certainly wasn’t right for Anthony Joshua.
“Because it was at a time where you saw the emotional meltdown.
“We were critical of it after the fight against Oleksandr Usyk, you saw the challenges that he had, he needed an opportunity to regain some ground.
“I actually think there’s nothing wrong with him having a couple of tick-over fights to get him back to his very best.
“We want to see the best version of Anthony Joshua be available to fight the best version of, ideally, Tyson Fury.
“And we don’t want there to be any situation where Tyson Fury had bullied and harangued and taken any opportunity to get Anthony Joshua in a ring by taking away all the arguments about the splits and making it about a fight which, really and truly, wasn’t in Anthony Joshua’s best interests at this time.
“The only version of Anthony Joshua that has a chance of beating Tyson Fury is the best version.
“That best version cannot be someone that’s just come out of two fights where he was better in the second, but predominantly outclassed.
“Then going in to a fight with an every better fighter and to expect a different outcome, that’s the definition of insanity.”
Now, Joshua looks set to either return with a tick-over fight against a lesser opponent in February 2023, or wait for a bigger bout to come along against the likes of Wilder or Dillian Whyte.
For the first time in years communication is now open again between Joshua and Wilder’s camps, though there is still a long way to go before the pair get in the ring together.
Jordan said of this news: “I mean, it’s an incredibly dangerous fight for him.
“But I do think think it would massively sell because people would be so intrigued by it.
“I think there’s a journey for him to go on before he should be going anywhere near that…
“It will be interesting to see the roadmap back.
“If I was Joshua, I would want to keep Deontay Wilder in the background for as long as I possibly could.”
- ‘Incredibly dangerous’ – Simon Jordan tells Anthony Joshua to avoid Deontay Wilder for the time being and says Tyson Fury fight ‘wasn’t right’ for AJ after Oleksandr Usyk defeats
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