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    Default Re: Good interview with AJ re the future

    It's long but it's old school and one of best interviews I seen since he became a product.

    The last couple of minutes are a little strange - you'll see what I mean
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    Damn... hour-long interviews are tough to sit through (unless you're one of the two principals ). In any case, I "speed-watched" it to some extent, trying to get the main gist.

    These should come accompanied with "table of contents", where you can just drop in on the topic you're interested in.

    In any case, my impressions of AJ have always been the same. An intelligent and likable enough fellow... who might care a bit too much about what others around him have to say. At some point you just have to be your own man and to hell with what everybody else thinks of you.

    At some point I'll probably give it another "speed-watch", but it seems he still falls into the trap of giving excuses for losses... just like what he mentions about Wilder-Fury II. Specifically about the Ruiz loss, where he says did you see my ring walk. In the end they all do it. There's yet to be a fighter that says hey I lost because he was just the better man that night. I'm sure there are, but probably not when the lights are shining the brightest and egos have been bruised.

    The big picture of the interview is that it humanizes AJ in the eyes of those who see the interview. Like he said... much of the impressions about AJ (as with other fighters) are formed by what others say to the press. In the absence of the fighter himself doing the talking, others are only too willing to do it for them.

    I don't think AJ's done. Yes... he'd 99% likely lose to Fury... and I'd put him at less than 50/50 to beat Wilder. But he's got some boxing left in him. Whether or not he can beat Usyk in the rematch remains to be seen. He and others can point to AJ-Ruiz II as proof of Joshua's adaptability. But in all fairness that second fight was as much Ruiz dropping the ball big time, as it was AJ "adapting" to be able to beat him the 2nd time around.

    But again... maybe some shorter clips of interviews would get more views.

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    You asking me to do shorter clips ? Am I a video editor ?!

    What you make of the strange last 2 minutes where he obviously reads from a scripted speech then Kugan asks him if he's ok and he's silent.
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    Nah, bro. Just thought maybe they had more bite-size bits available. Interesting interview to be sure... just no one has time to sit through one hour of AJ talking.


    The last 2 minutes were definitely strange. Looked and sounded like he was in a trance. Oh well... hard to get through a solid hour of Q&A without engaging in some weirdness.

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    my opinion is that he just doesn't believe in himself. Didn't convince me once he believes he can do it.

    That's where Fury comes into his own
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    Well... the Ruiz loss likely damaged him more than he lets on. He probably saw Ruiz pre-fight and said "How in the world would I lose to that?"

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    Default Re: Good interview with AJ re the future

    It would be better if there was video transcript software that could produce a transcript with a couple of clicks. You can read an hour long interview or speech in a couple of minutes that way.

    After reading the thread I had to watch the last few minutes. He came over like an immature teenager. Not impressive to say the least.

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    Default Re: Good interview with AJ re the future

    AJ is a likable guy and great athlete, I just don’t think he is a fighter. Fury is a fighter- he has that mentality. Usyk is also, in his own way, as is Wilder. I don’t see AJ beating any of those three, unless he lands that perfect punch (that is almost any fight though). I would be most interested in watching him fight Wilder at this point.

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    Default Re: Good interview with AJ re the future

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeeod View Post
    AJ is a likable guy and great athlete, I just don’t think he is a fighter. Fury is a fighter- he has that mentality. Usyk is also, in his own way, as is Wilder. I don’t see AJ beating any of those three, unless he lands that perfect punch (that is almost any fight though). I would be most interested in watching him fight Wilder at this point.

    Exactly! I'd dare say AJ is almost "too gentlemanly" for boxing. But yes... that fighter mentality has never actually stood out in Joshua.

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    Default Re: Good interview with AJ re the future

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeeod View Post
    AJ is a likable guy and great athlete, I just don’t think he is a fighter. Fury is a fighter- he has that mentality. Usyk is also, in his own way, as is Wilder. I don’t see AJ beating any of those three, unless he lands that perfect punch (that is almost any fight though). I would be most interested in watching him fight Wilder at this point.
    Agree with this.

    I think Ruiz 1 changed Joshua & I can't see him reverting to type, because that defeat showed him that he doesn't quite have the stamina nor the durability to be super aggressive against the elites.


    He might try different tactics against Usyk in the rematch, but Oleksandr will also make the necessary adjustments & probably prevail again.

    He definitely does not beat Fury, but like you say, a Wilder fight would be intriguing.

    They should have fought in about 2018 for all the belts & it would have been even better then, but it's still a good fight.

    I'd be inclined to go with Wilder as he seems to have more dog in him, but Joshua also has balls & heart, but ultimately I think his stamina issues would let him down.
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    Default Re: Good interview with AJ re the future

    Quote Originally Posted by Syntax Error View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mikeeod View Post
    AJ is a likable guy and great athlete, I just don’t think he is a fighter. Fury is a fighter- he has that mentality. Usyk is also, in his own way, as is Wilder. I don’t see AJ beating any of those three, unless he lands that perfect punch (that is almost any fight though). I would be most interested in watching him fight Wilder at this point.
    Agree with this.

    I think Ruiz 1 changed Joshua & I can't see him reverting to type, because that defeat showed him that he doesn't quite have the stamina nor the durability to be super aggressive against the elites.


    He might try different tactics against Usyk in the rematch, but Oleksandr will also make the necessary adjustments & probably prevail again.

    He definitely does not beat Fury, but like you say, a Wilder fight would be intriguing.

    They should have fought in about 2018 for all the belts & it would have been even better then, but it's still a good fight.

    I'd be inclined to go with Wilder as he seems to have more dog in him, but Joshua also has balls & heart, but ultimately I think his stamina issues would let him down.
    It seems like the higher your stock rises, the lower you go down in people’s opinions when it goes pear shaped.
    I reckon Joshua could easily revert to beast mode against Wilder. Wilder might have a big haymaker, but there’s not a great chance of it landing.
    I reckon Joshua knocks Wilder out. But then again, I don’t rate Wilder at all.
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