Nigerian Boxer Challenges Anthony Joshua, Says he Will Beat The World Boxing Champion
Nigerian boxer Raphael Akpejiori has stated emphatically that his desire is to fight his fellow countryman Anthony Joshua in what will be a big duel. The 29-year-old who was born in Lagos explained to SuperSport that he has what it takes to dethrone Anthony Joshua who has only being defeated once in his career.
Raphael Akpejiori who is now based in the United States has been unbeaten in his six fights so far winning all via knockouts. While speaking in the interview he had, Raphael expressed positive that he id ready even if the fight between him and Anthony Joshua would come up the next day. He added that fighting Anthony Joshua is not about him making a record, but also the business side of the game which will help his career. “I have to get my name out there. I’m going to have to show some quality, in my boxing. I’m going to have to present myself to the public and to promoters as this is a fight that needs to happen.
”I want to fight Anthony Joshua and I am ready for him at any time. “But if that happens, it would be a great fight for the country and for the continent. That could happen in Nigeria, that can happen in Lagos, Nigeria, that can happen in Abuja, Nigeria, that can happen in Calabar, Nigeria,”. he explained.
Meanwhile it earlier reported that the British boxing legend Tyson Fury has slammed Anthony Joshua saying he is not a true champion because the Nigerian has the belts he has won before in his trophy cabinet. Following his superb revenge against Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia, Anthony Joshua is holding three of the four recognized belts as far as the game of boxing is concerned. Tyson Fury on the other hand has the other belt after his incredible victory over American boxer Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas.
Before, Tyson Fury has the three belts Anthony Joshua is proud of after beating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, but those belts were later collected back from him after drink and depression problems. And now that Tyson Fury has returned to the summit of his boxing career, the Brit feels he is not in the same category with Anthony Joshua according to the report on UK Mirror.
“I’ve already been the undisputed champion so as far as I’m concerned Anthony Joshua only has my leftovers,” Fury told This Morning. Fury made this statement after been tipped to face Anthony Joshua in what could be his last career fight before he retires as he remains undefeated after 31 professional fights. But Fury will have to first face Deontay Wilder again in June in a trilogy duel after the American activated the clause after his defeat recently. Wilder believes that he will overcome Tyson Fury when they meet for the third time with even Floyd Mayweather offering to train him ahead of the clash.