British boxer Anthony Joshua shows signs of getting his act together by finally appointing Derrick James as new coach. Not only that the former big time prospect has also agreed on a deal to fight against undefeated Australian boxer Demsey McKean who is on a 22 fight undefeated streak with 14 wins coming via KO. Joshua himself has 22 KOs to his name and will be looking to up that number.
Joshua was on a steady path to greatness as he kept destroying his opponents one after the other. Such one-sided domination probably grew to much confidence in the British as he seemingly began to lose focus. All the issues got the best of him when he faced Andy Ruiz Jr back in 2019 as the 6 ft 6 giant finally faced defeat.
Following the defeat, things started going downhill in pretty much all fronts for AJ. He did not manage to hold onto a single coach, changing them one after the other expecting a miracle without sticking to anyone consistently. Perhaps out of arrogance or ignorance, the British boxer stopped paying attention to his corner as well resulting in back-to-back defeat against Oleksandr Usyk.
What do we know about the new Anthony Joshua fight?
Gareth A. Davies spoke to IFL TV about AJ’s new matchup, “Demsey McKean, a top 15 opponent. Yeah, I do. I really do, and for me, that’s a four or five round knockout for Anthony Joshua. It gets his confidence back. No issue with that, he needs it.”
He had some speculations as to what could be coming next, “Dillian Whyte in July and then another. Is it Fury? Is it Wilder? Is it Joe Joyce? Is it a big name? Is it a big clash in another stadium fight, probably Principality Stadium in Cardiff or the Middle East?
To him the significance of this fight is huge, “But I totally get a tune-up fight. He needs his confidence back. We saw him after his August fight against Oleksandr Usyk. He needed his confidence. He was flat, crestfallen, bedraggled even. So, yeah, I believe in the plan [of Eddie Hearn for Joshua to resurrect his career in 2023].”
Anthony has pretty much lost his shot against Fury at this point, if the Brit wants to stay at the big leagues, a victory on the next match will probably be essential.