Joshua has faster foot/legspeed than Wilder?? Really?? That dude is slow as f*ck.
Get off your hater goggles for one second
Wait, people actually think that you can put Gerald Washington and Wladimir in the same sentence ?
Did I read that right ?
That comparison is insane. Wladimir may be in the twilight of his career, but he's still a better overall fighter than all of the Heavyweights not named Fury, Joshua and Wilder.
I would even contend that the Wladimir who showed up against Joshua is good enough to beat Wilder, who was out-Boxed by a schmuck like Gerald Washington for 4 rounds.
Whatever people think about Joshua's Boxing ability, it was good enough to negate 2 versions of Wladimir.
Wladimir's plan was to Box from the outside with the focus on winning the battle of the jabs. Joshua negated that strategy for 5 rounds and dropped Wlad.
Then, the 2nd version of Wlad was coming forward to looking to put punches together. Joshua got dropped but then came back to drop Wlad another 2 times and then stop him.
Whatever people want to say about angles, counters and double jabs is immaterial, because Joshua was good enough to out-Box 2 versions of Wlad on the same night, drop him 3 times and then force a stoppage.
Wilder hasn't fought anyone even nearly close to Wladimir. Joshua not only beat Wladimir but dropped him 3 times and stopped him rather brutally.
The logic simply isn't there. People lose a lot of credibility with these crazy comparisons.
I maintain that Joshua is a better fighter than Wilder, has beaten much, much better competition than Wilder and would likely win a match between the 2 fighters.
This is one thing that annoys me more than anything when it comes to combat sports. What is a "level"? Why do so many people describe this like a anime cartoon? People don't have power levels. They have tier levels. Fighters have abilities, attributes, and styles. This is what makes the difference in every fight. Some fighters have a style that is hard to adapt to, some have abilities that puts them above everyone else, and others have attributes that makes them destroy their competition. But countless times again, no matter what tier they are, we see A level fighters getting exposed by B levels, for example, because there is no power gap. It's a simple matter of either you can do it or you can't, either you can withstand this or you can't, stuff like that. There is no, "this guy beat this guy, so that means he's on a power level way above this other guy". We can compare and easily assume he's a tier above, due to having superior abilities or attributes. But we can't say a certain guy is invincible towards a certain bracket of his competition just because he beat a certain guy. There's a reason why people have to keep reminding us, "this is Boxing, anything can happen". Because countless times have we seen a guy who's clearly a level above another guy, but then end up looking bad against them and whatnot, because there was something that fighter had that gave them problems.
I honestly can't even fully judge this version of Wlad. It's been so long since he's fought guys his size, and he's post-retirement stage. Wlad appeared so gunshy against Tyson Fury, and at many moments appeared so against Joshua. He opened up more against Joshua but still couldn't pull the trigger when he had Joshua hurt and visually out of there. Joshua beats a bunch of "bums" and barely makes it out of there against a guy that should have retired years ago. Wilder destroys everyone in his way, bums, contenders, looks bad against one guy, now all of a sudden Joshua is the invincible in comparison. That logic doesn't hold up, no matter how you put it. Washington is not just some schmuck, dude was incredibly athletic, and had a pretty decent boxing IQ. He didn't show the heart to compete with Wilder, but he showed the skills. People were sleeping on the guy (which I've mentioned him before that he was underrated) and act all surprised when Wilder couldn't do shit but swing like a buffoon. The more I watch boxing the more I see and have to keep reminding myself that hype don't win fights, it's about what a fighter can do, and what he can't do. At the end of the day, he's going to look bad at times, and he's going to look good most of others. How he matches up against the other hyped up fighter is purely based on what he can do, and what he can't do.
Hell I remember when Wlad-Fury happened. I was one of the only people that was giving Fury a chance. People were saying, "oh he got floored by this guy, or he fights like a little guy for his size", and I was pointing out that it was more of a 50-50 fight than people thought, because Fury still had lots of things that could give Wlad trouble. People treated that fight like an upset, and I didn't see it as such. I thought Wlad gave a surprisingly piss poor performance, but I wasn't surprised Fury beat him.
Both Wilder and Joshua have things that will give each other problems. I personally have Wilder winning the fight, only because like I've said, I think Joshua is more vulnerable, there's more holes in his game, despite him having more promising abilities than Wilder. I don't care if people pick Joshua to win that fight, anything can happen, but when I see people start saying, "Joshua will destroy Wilder. Wilder isn't on Joshua's level."
That's when I start to think, "are we looking at the same Joshua? Are we both watching Boxing?"
People get caught up in the hype, and that's fine and all, because what's a sport without excitement, but you can't rationally sit there and say that Joshua is some god gifted level athlete in comparison to Wilder. Not that you directly said that, but I see so many people implying this, and it rustles me.