I'd agree with most of what you say there. I think Fury is possibly the best boxer of all of them - tremendous, almost Ali-like ability to bob and weave his way out of punches and great on the counter.
I believe aj got too close to Hearn and his hype machine and was made to believe he could walk through anyone and everyone without effort. He got complacent. He paid for that by believing he could outslug up close a bloke with better hook hand speed and a lower centre of gravity to plant his feet and get off power shots.
He came unstuck and it was clear he didnít expect it nor know how to counter it. He looked confused - this wasnít the plan.
But I recall a fella I used to know Sean Murphy who trained aj as an amateur- he always said if he sticks to boxing using his jab and moving he wonít get tagged let alone beaten. I agree with this.
I also have a question mark over rob McCracken who I believe is a great world class amateur more of a mate to his fighters than a manny steward/ cus d/Amato / Freddie loach/Angelo Dundee hard ass trainer.
I believe aj was molly coddled to his first title by Hearn. I also feel it is in hearts interest to have Ďwarsí- ají s tactics against dill Ian whyte were stupid. He keeps it long whyte gets nowhere. His tactics against Klitschko were too risky too.
But I think he is a smart man. He learns. And learnt from it. He did exactly what was required of him last night. I think wilder has only at best a punchers chance- nothing more- and if aj tucks in he da easily outpoint him.
Fury is different gravy as he has built up this myth of a fighting traveller when in reality he is an elusive counter puncher who is on his bike avoiding the shots. I think aj fully fit at 16/4outworks fury- I also donít feel fury has the power to stop him so would look for aj to get wound up and brawl while fury lets him tire himself out.
Either way I see aj doing very well but a convinced wilder wants no part of him and fury may do it if he absolutely has to.
I also like whyte because ere to brawl. Iíd like to see him and wilder as I feel whyte stops wilder if he avoids the right and does it in 6- reason? He will get up close and rough him up.
All opinions I know!
What was good about that performance against an opponent so out of shape and no where near the very top level. Bunce was right in the week before the fight saying that Joshua is still ďa babyĒ in the professional ranks ie inexperienced and still developing. Which for me he showed last night. Have met him, lovely bloke but as I said Fury, Wilder and White will be laughing at that. I donít expect them to meet any time soon but if they do - Joshua isnít winning.
Certainly those on Sky - Nelson, Groves, Froch et al.
I'm no expert but I thought he gave Ruiz a boxing lesson, without taking any risks...?
laugh at that. Allowed Ruiz to get to the centre of the ring on the first bell and stay there. The whole thing for me was a tad embarrassing.