Carl Froch has delivered a brutal evaluation of Anthony Joshua’s performance against Robert Helenius, accusing the British heavyweight of combating like a ‘newbie’.
Joshua knocked out Helenius, a late-notice substitute for Dillian Whyte, in Spherical 7 on Saturday (12 August) after combating tentatively within the first six rounds.
Regardless of “AJ” securing the emphatic knockout that he wanted en path to a possible conflict with Deontay Wilder, the previous two-time world heavyweight champion didn’t do sufficient to impress Froch.
Froch, a former unified super-middleweight champion, stated on YouTube on Friday (18 August): “For me, it was a 5/10 performance. Okay, he acquired the job executed, he knocked out Helenius in Spherical 7 with a good [shot]. Helenius was exhausted by that time, which is why I believed the knockout got here.
“AJ timed him properly with a jab to the physique then introduced the suitable hand excessive […] I don’t assume [Helenius] was knocked out chilly, however he was exhausted. As soon as he acquired hit with that shot and went over, he in all probability thought to himself: ‘You already know what? I’ve earnt my cash, I’m not gonna win the combat, I’m not getting paid for time beyond regulation. Let’s keep down and go dwelling.’ Why wouldn’t he? He boxed per week earlier.
“It was poor, it was a weak opponent for this stage of AJ’s profession, when he’s now combating somebody like Deontay Wilder. If he’s combating Deontay Wilder on the again of that performance… that performance was terrible, it was horrible, it was such a nasty performance in so some ways. It was tentative, it was gun shy.”
Helenius changed Whyte after the Briton failed a drug check within the lead-up to his deliberate rematch with Joshua, who’s in talks to field Wilder in early 2024.
“He regarded like he didn’t wish to be in there at occasions,” Froch stated of Joshua, 33. “He was getting outboxed with a weak, poor jab; [Helenius] wasn’t setting it up, he was smashing it, ram-rodding it in AJ’s face […] Anthony Joshua was sitting again, ready, wanting confused, wanting like he was scared to throw.
“He’s not prepared for the Deontay Wilder combat, I actually don’t assume he’s. That performance doesn’t set him up for a giant showdown with Wilder […] Type-wise, AJ is sort of a newbie, like a novice professional. Helenius had completely busted up AJ behind the jab.
“[There was] swelling below his eyes, his nostril was p***ing with blood, his mouth was bleeding – as we noticed when he jumped out of the ring, which was a bit unusual, and had a slurp on that nasty Irish stout that Conor McGregor shoved in his face. He had all blood and sweat and snot inside that time.”
Froch, 46, additionally branded his fellow Briton “unprofessional” and “disrespectful” for the interplay with UFC star McGregor, which came about at ringside whereas Helenius obtained medical consideration.
Joshua vs Wilder is within the works for an early 2024 date in Saudi Arabia. American Wilder, 37, has not fought since knocking out Helenius in Spherical 1 in October.
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