Reality Check for Anthony Joshua Despite Otto Wallin Victory: Lennox Lewis Weighs In
Anthony Joshua’s recent triumph over Otto Wallin might not have answered the looming questions about his standing in the heavyweight division, according to boxing legend Lennox Lewis. Despite Joshua’s dominant performance, Lewis believes the fight did not provide substantial proof of Joshua’s return to his prime.
Joshua secured his third consecutive win in 2023, dismantling Wallin for five rounds before the Swede’s corner opted to end the bout. While fans lauded Joshua’s aggressive approach under new trainer Ben Davison, the victory has raised uncertainties about the anticipated clash with Deontay Wilder, who suffered a surprising defeat to Joseph Parker.
The former two-time world champion’s win, hailed by some as a return to form, didn’t convince Lewis. Expressing his views on the fight, Lewis stated, “I couldn’t really judge from this fight if he is back or not. He definitely looked good, he did what he was supposed to do, he took a guy out like he has taken out in fights before.”
Lewis questioned the level of Joshua’s opposition, noting Wallin’s lack of physical definition and raising doubts about the intensity of his training. Despite the emphatic victory, Lewis emphasized that Joshua still has a challenging path ahead, particularly with potential matchups against Tyson Fury or Zeili Zhang.
In response to the victory, Joshua refrained from grading his performance, leaving it to his team and fans. Looking ahead, Joshua is rumored to face Filip Hrgovic for a world title in his next bout, a pivotal step towards potentially becoming a three-time heavyweight champion.
The uncertainties surrounding Joshua’s true comeback and the looming challenges in the heavyweight division make for an intriguing narrative as the boxing world awaits the next chapter in the former champion’s journey.
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