Anthony Joshua being lighter on his feet was a key reason to him becoming a two-time heavyweight champion of the world.
That’s according to former world champion Carl Froch, who was ringside for the Saudi Arabia title fight where AJ proved all his doubters wrong by defeating Andy Ruiz Jr via unanimous decision 118-110, 118-110, 119-109.
Having been humbled in New York on June 1 with a seventh-round stoppage that almost no one expected, the Brit went back to basics and found a game plan to totally nullify the explosive Mexican-American.
“He performed brilliantly. He wasn’t tired, he was able to move light on his feet without getting exhausted and he picked his shots,” Froch said.
“It was a perfectly executed game plan and one of the best performances of Anthony Joshua’s career. It was still disappointing from Ruiz, but that was because Anthony Joshua did what he needed to do and totally shut him down.”
Joshua was the lightest he has been in years going into this fight and looked incredibly lean during fight week.
That stick and move game proved to be the major difference-maker for Joshua, but will that work for him against Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder?
Although Ruiz Jr is calling for a trilogy fight, it now looks like AJ will not have a batter chance at unifying the division by facing the winner of Wilder and Fury’s clash in February.
However, the IBF, WBA and WBO world champion may well be forced to face a mandatory challenger before then as WBO president Francisco Varcarcel says AJ will now have to defend his belt against Oleksandr Usyk next and the fight must happen within 180 days (before 4 June).