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Anthony Joshua: Deontay Wilder throws windmills

Anthony Joshua isn’t the biggest fan of Deontay Wilder’s style.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

With Deontay Wilder coming off of a thrilling if not exactly beautiful win over Luis Ortiz on March 3, and Anthony Joshua coming up on a unification with Joseph Parker on March 31, the Joshua-Wilder topic is hotter than it’s ever been.

Fans largely hope that if Joshua wins, he will face Wilder next, and we’ll crown a true, undisputed king in the new heavyweight division, which has undergone a big transformation since 2015, after a long reign on top by Wladimir Klitschko.

So Joshua was asked about Parker’s style and Wilder’s, too, and he wasn’t all that enthused about the American:

“[Parker is] more clinical. Wilder throws windmills. When he [Parker] throws his shots with a left and a right, if the left don’t hit you, the right catches you as you are moving in and knocks the majority of his opponents out.”

The war of words between the Joshua and Wilder camps has gone on a while, and will contribute to selling the fight if it finally gets made, which could be this year, could be next year, but is really an inevitability if they both keep winning and entertaining. Joshua was half of the 2017 Fight of the Year and Wilder knows how to entertain, they both have fight ending power at any minute, and on paper, it’s a no-brainer as a big fight, an easy sell to any market.

But for now, it remains a war of words, and Joshua doesn’t sound as if he’s looking past Parker, which is wise.

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