Anthony Joshua rates Chisora above him in class
By Scott Gilfoid: 6’6″, 242 lb heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (4-0, 4 KO’s) says he sees fellow Brit Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KO’s) as being above him right now and he doesn’t have any plans on facing him anytime soon despite Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn being keen on having him beat Chisora and Tyson Fury in the near future to clean them out of the way.
“It’s early days and I can’t complain,” Joshua said to Sky Sports. “I feel like I should be performing the way I am performing at the minute but I’m not getting ahead of myself. I know it’s going to get tougher. I think Dereck is well above me right now. I look up to him rather than looking at him as an opponent.”
Joshua, 24, is pretty flawed right now and unless he loses some of that useless muscle he’s carrying around on his frame and builds some explosive power, I can’t see him getting past the top 10 caliber heavyweights. But with that said, I see Joshua as wiping the deck with Chisora if and when that fight takes place. If it never happens, then all the better for Chisora because I think Joshua would bust him up and knock him out fairly easily within a few rounds.
As long as Joshua doesn’t get nailed by one of Chisora’s rabbit punches, I think Joshua would be way too big for Chisora and would take him out. Former WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko would likely have knocked Chisora had he not suffered a shoulder injury in their fight in 2012. The same with Robert Helenius. He suffered a shoulder injury as well and was forced to fight less than 100%.
Joshua will be fighting on March 1st against Hector Alfredo Avila (22-15-1, 14 KO’s) at the Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. Joshua will make easy work of this journeyman. Joshua’s problems won’t happen until he steps up a level and starts facing quality opposition.