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Anthony Joshua’s Return: A Questionable Rehabilitation?

Many individuals doubt whether or not Anthony Joshua is really again to high kind after defeating 4 sub-level heavyweights to rebuild mentally.

Dubois: A Set off for Previous Trauma?

The previous two-time heavyweight champion Joshua (28-3, 25 KOs) is coming off a four-fight successful streak heading right into a title problem in opposition to IBF champion Daniel Dubois on September twenty first at Wembley Stadium in London.

We don’t know if Joshua can get into the trenches with a younger apex predator like Dubois (21-2, 20 KOs) with out crumbling mentally and struggling flashbacks of the traumatic occasions from his two defeats in opposition to Oleksandr Usyk.

Dubois might set off these recollections inside Joshua as soon as he begins touchdown his heavy photographs on him in entrance of what could possibly be a record-breaking crowd of 100,000+ followers at Wembley Stadium on the night time.

Tomato Can Opponents Elevate Doubts

“I don’t go along with the camp that claims Anthony Joshua is absolutely rehabilitated as a result of, finally, he’s fought fighters that actually didn’t hit him again,” stated Simon Jordan to talkSport Boxing, speaking about Anthony Joshua nonetheless not having confirmed that he’s come again from his two losses to Oleksandr Usyk because of the 4 sub-level opponents he’s confronted since then.

To say that Joshua is absolutely rehabilitated after beating this gang of 4 tomato cans is absurd:

– Francis Ngannou
– Otto Wallin
– Robert Helenius
– Jermaine Franklin

For Joshua to be absolutely again to the place he was when his promoter rolled off the showroom flooring in 2013, he would want to beat these heavyweights:

Oleksander Usyk: The King
Tyson Fury
Agit Kabayel
Jared Anderson
Daniel Dubois
Martin Bakole

“Jermaine Franklin had slightly go, however finally, Helenius received knocked out with out touchdown a glove on him, Wallin was nowhere close to him, and Nganou was completed with what ought to have been completed with Tyson Fury,” stated Simon.

Half of these fights ought to have by no means occurred. Robert Helenius had just lately been knocked out, Ngannou had misplaced his final battle, Wallin appeared in woeful form, and Franklin was coming off a defeat in opposition to Dillian Whyte.

“I believe if Daniel [Dubois] detonates on him, and I stated the opposite day, and the snake oil salesman [Eddie Hearn?] didn’t prefer it, that he’ll [Joshua] get PTSD [Post-traumatic stress disorder aka Battle Fatigue] as a result of he’ll take him again to the house the place the query is is Anthony Joshua hasn’t wished to go deep within the trenches,” stated Simon.

The Trenches: A Check of Joshua’s Resilience

If Dubois takes Joshua into the trenches, the probabilities are excessive that he’ll mentally and bodily crumble and get taken out. This could possibly be actually unhealthy for Joshua, who can be going into his match in opposition to Fury off the again of a loss.

“There’s a definite risk that Daniel Dubois goes to pull him in there, and if he does, it’s going to be a captivating battle as a result of he has the facility,” stated Simon. “We had been writing about this child three or 4 years in the past, ‘Neglect Joshua, neglect Tyson Fury. This child, Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois, is the one to look at.’”

Joshua is just too outdated and has an excessive amount of put on on him to deal with getting dragged right into a warfare with Dubois. Joshua shall be advantageous if it’s a brief battle the place he scores a knockout, however he’ll be in bother if it goes previous six rounds and he has to take heavy photographs.

“Then we’ve seen the challenges occur. I anticipated him to beat Jarrell Miller. Sure,” stated Simon when requested if he views Dubois as a top-tier heavyweight. “I’m unsure he wins this battle, however there’s a bloody good likelihood he would possibly.”


John Anderson
John Anderson
John Anderson is a seasoned sports journalist with over 15 years of experience covering the NFL, NBA, and MLB. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, John has worked with ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times. His insightful analysis and in-depth reporting have earned him multiple awards in sports journalism.


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