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Anthony Joshua's shortlist of opponents analysed by Johnny Nelson
Nelson: "He just wants to fight. As far as he's concerned, June 1, he's in the ring boxing"
Last Updated: 24/04/19 10:10pm
Anthony Joshua could receive a new world title challenger this week, so Johnny Nelson has given his verdict on possible heavyweight opponents for the unified champion.
There are a few names being thrown in the hat, and of course the big name that most of us over here would know is Luis Ortiz.
But No 1, I don't think Ortiz has enough time to prepare properly for this fight, and No 2, if you're going to fight Luis Ortiz, you do not have him as a stand-in, because this guy is dangerous, a southpaw, he can bang, has got excellent boxing ability.
I personally think it's a dangerous fight. You've got to train for this man specifically, don't have him as a stand-in. I remember when Lennox Lewis boxed Vitali Klitschko. Klitschko stepped in at last-minute notice, you just don't do it with a guy like this.
Ortiz's people have come in and said more of the same thing, it's not enough time, he's still relevant, so why would he put himself in a position where he could possibly get turned over, taking a fight at too short notice.
You've got Andy Ruiz Jr, he's from California, he doesn't look the part, but he's got fast hands and he can fight, and he can knock them out as well.
The big name that's properly at the top of the list is Trevor Bryan. He's a Don King fighter, he's 29-years-old, and I think he's knocked 14 of his opponents out, unbeaten, again a New Yorker, so he would be relevant to them out there.
From a fighter's point of view, when this happens it's deflating, but you just think, I just want a fight, I don't care who it is.
Johnny Nelson on Anthony Joshua
For Anthony Joshua, I know Adam was in Sheffield yesterday at his training camp, and he just wants to fight. From a fighter's point of view, when this happens it's deflating, but you just think, I just want a fight, I don't care who it is.
He just wants to fight. As far as he's concerned, June 1, he's in the ring boxing.