Anthony Joshua Names The Best Boxer In The World
The phrase 'pound-for-pound' might be one of the most prestigious titles when it comes to the world's best boxers but who should have that title? Anthony Joshua has given his own personal answer.
Anthony Joshua might be the best heavyweight boxer in the world. It's difficult to say for sure but right know the undefeated Briton holds more world titles than anyone else in his division and beat Wladimir Klitschko to get to that position.
For us to be almost certain that Joshua is for sure the number one in his division then he'd arguably have to take on and beat fellow titlist Deontay Wilder but instead he's taking on Carlos Takam in Cardiff on Saturday.
Joshua was supposed to be taking on Kubrat Pulev but the Bulgarian's injury has changed the fight. Image: PA
But sorting out who the best boxer on the planet is from every division is a much tougher ask with Ring Magazine appointing their pound-for-pound champion with much interest.
Currently middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is number one in their rankings but, speaking to talkSPORT via Business Insider, AJ revealed that he thinks the boxer in the world is Golovkin's most recent opponent, and cited his performance against the Kazakh as the reason, saying:
"Canelo - Canelo is my guy.
"Golovkin has got explosive hands, power in both hands. He was moving out the way, taking them [punches] on the gloves. And normally they cause a lot of effect on other opponents but Canelo found a way to dismantle what he was trying to do."
Canelo avoids a shot from Golovkin. Image: PA
Joshua also commented on the improvement the 27 year old Mexican has made since his one and only defeat, to Floyd Mayweather, in September 2013, adding, "At training, in every camp, he's added something new. In all sports, some athletes get stuck in a routine and the people around them aren't adding new routines or new structure to the training camps.
"Canelo has added head movement, rolling, slipping. And I saw all that come into play when he fought Khan and when he fought Golovkin. He has really improved since the Mayweather fight. He's phenomenal."
Golovkin and Canelo both thought they'd won. Image: PA
It's interesting that Joshua would make that pick based on Golovkin and Canelo's draw as most had the unbeaten fighter as the winner on the night rather than agree with the controversial scorecards.
Whatever the answer is though we can't wait for the rematch between the pair!