Tyson Fury’s trainer Ben Davison has labelled Anthony Joshua a ‘poor man’s Tyson Fury’ over his win against Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday evening.
Following his shock defeat at Madison Square Garden in June, Joshua beat Ruiz via unanimous decision in Saudi Arabia to reclaim the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight titles.
For the rematch, Joshua adopted a smarter approach by working behind a stiff jab and using quick movement to keep the distance between himself and Ruiz.
And plan worked as two ringside judges scored the contest 118-110, while the other delivered a verdict of 119-109, all in Joshua’s favour.
Joshua has been heavily criticised by Deontay Wilder for the tactics he adopted, but while Davison has given more credit to the 30-year-old, he has pointed out that Joshua will never be able to replicate the style to the same level as Fury.
‘Good performance, he added another side to his game, done what he needed to do, got the win which was the most important thing,’ Davison told iFL TV.
‘That’s exactly what he needed to employ.
‘It was almost, not in a horrible way, but it was like a poor man’s Tyson Fury, wasn’t it?
‘That’s not in a nasty way because, you know, obviously he can’t do it to the level of Tyson but it was the tactics and he did well, it was a 50-50 fight and he came out with the win, so it was a good performance.
Asked to clarify his comparison with Fury, Davison replied: ‘Just the fact the distance he was trying to box at, the way he was trying to use the ring, the areas he was trying to use, the tactics he employed, basically.
‘It looked a big ring but listen I’m not going to say ‘oh this, oh that’ because it’s better for British boxing that Joshua won because means there’s big shows in the UK and if there’s big shows it should mean big money for prospects who are on that show.’