Anthony Joshua posts cryptic message on social media claiming boxing is the ‘only jungle where rats outwit lions’ in an apparent dig into the sport ahead of his proposed fight with Deontay Wilder later this year
Two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua got into the sport in a cryptic social media post.
The 33-year-old returned to winning ways against Jermaine Franklin last month after back-to-back losses to Oleksandr Usyk, but received widespread criticism for his performance after picking up a points victory.
He’s been plotting his next move ever since, with his promoter Eddie Hearn revealing a deal is “almost in place” for him to fight longtime rival Deontay Wilder in the Middle East in December.
Tyson Fury and Usyk could also meet in an undisputed clash on the same night, but there is still some way to go for this fight to cross the line, and Joshua appeared to express his frustrations with the politics involved in the sport after a start disappointing. the year in the heavyweight division.
Taking to Instagram on Tuesday night, Joshua posted, ‘Boxing: The Only Jungle Where Rats Outwit Lions’, on his Story.
Anthony Joshua claimed on Instagram that boxing allows ‘rats to outsmart lions’
He also posted a clip of Mike Tyson saying boxing is about making the most money with the least risk.
Joshua looks set to take on longtime rival Deontay Wilder (above) in the Middle East this year
Along with the cryptic post, Joshua also uploaded videos of heavyweight icons George Foreman and Mike Tyson expressing their own views on the dark side of boxing.
Foreman’s clip was accompanied by the caption: “I was forced to return to boxing because the people I trusted stole everything from me.”
Foreman, boxing’s longest-serving heavyweight champion, went on to say, “I gave it all up. I never wanted to see a boxing ring again. But I was broke and had to go back to the ring to take care of my family.
Foreman moved through the heavyweight division in the early 1970s before losing to Muhammad Ali in 1974’s “Rumble in the Jungle”.
He took a 10-year hiatus from the sport between 1977 and 1987 but decided to make a comeback and went on to win the WBA and IBF belts at the age of 45 in 1994.
Tyson also spoke about learning the financial side of boxing, admitting he realized a high-reward, low-risk strategy was the best way to go in his career.
“I found out that the business of boxing and not who’s the strongest or the toughest, it’s the smartest guy – who can make the most money with the least risk” , Tyson said in the clip Joshua posted on his story.
Joshua previously claimed that money was his main motivation to keep fighting
“That’s really what boxing is about, but then the ego gets involved, but it’s about making the most money with the least risk and you leave here healthy, you have your family and have enough money to take care of people.”
Ahead of his fight against Franklin in April, Joshua said money was his main motivation to keep fighting rather than become a three-time champion.
He looks set for a major payday if he faces Wilder later this year but has been written off in some quarters, with Carl Froch recently claiming Joshua has no legacy and predicting he’ll be beaten in one round by the big punch. American.
Joshua seems to be in a defiant mood, however, and will want to prove his doubters wrong, should he finally step into the ring with Wilder after years of back and forth between the two.