Fans accuse Anthony Joshua of being 'rattled' and 'losing his head' after bizarre moment during press conference
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Boxing fans have slammed Anthony Joshua for his behaviour during the press conference to announce his next fight.
Joshua will return to action on a blockbuster Saudi Arabia card on December 23.
He faces Otto Wallin while Deontay Wilder takes on Joseph Parker. Daniel Dubois, Dmitry Bivol and Filip Hrgovic also feature on the bill.
The event, which is part of Riyadh Season, was officially announced at Wednesday's press conference in London, where Joshua and Wilder were in attendance.
Jarrell Miller, who meets Dubois, exchanged words with Joshua, who returned fire with an explosive response.
'AJ' also seemed to have a problem with Queensberry Promotion's Dev Sahni, who was hosting the press conference.
When Dev asked the former world champion a question, he refused to answer. He instead told his promoter Eddie Hearn to ask him a question. Check it out below:
Hearn obliged and asked Joshua a question, with the moment not going down well with fight fans online.
One X user wrote: "Guess them dark rooms aren’t working."
A second tweeted: "He’s becoming very unlikable, he doesn’t suit this personality he’s trying to portray."
A third added: "Rude, arrogant, cocky and most of all a bang average boxer."
A fourth said: "How’s he rattled already."
Another commented: "His head has well and truly fell off."
Joshua bounced back from his consecutive defeats to Oleksandr Usyk by beating Jermaine Franklin and stopping Robert Helenius.
A win over Wallin next month could set up a monstrous showdown against ex-WBC world heavyweight champion Wilder next year.
'The Bronze Bomber' issued a message to his rival during the press conference.
"It is good to be in the same room with him, to see him face to face, it has been a long time coming," he said.
"I wish him nothing but the best and hopefully soon we can give the people what we want and get it on in the ring.
"I believe it is going to happen, it is about that time. But even if it doesn't, I wish him nothing but the best."
Will Joshua vs. Wilder happen? Watch this space.