Otto Wallin Believes Anthony Joshua Has Lost His Confidence
Otto Wallin thinks Anthony Joshua is not the confident boxer he once was.
Wallin and Joshua are set to fight on Dec. 23 in Saudi Arabia in a highly-anticipated matchup. It’s a key fight for the heavyweight division, but Wallin believes Joshua is on the decline.
“I think he’s lost his confidence and momentum. You can see the decline. Usyk was ultimately just a better fighter, but Joshua looks unsure of himself. In the beginning, when I fought him, he was a seek and destroy kind of guy, but now he’s afraid of getting hit and of losing,” Wallin told The Times (h/t BoxingScene). He’s aware of his vulnerabilities and it’s holding him back. The timing is right for me now.”
Although Otto Wallin believes Anthony Joshua has lost his confidence, he knows the Brit is still one of the best boxers in the world, so knows it will be a tough fight.
“I would say he is still one of the best heavyweights out there and he’s made an amazing career for himself. There has been a decline and I think he has reached his peak already. I think he is mentally fragile, he’s not sure of himself,” Wallin told The Hook. “He’s changed trainer and I think things can be very tough for him. People are very critical of him, he’s got a lot of pressure. So I think that weighs on him. I think it’s a problem for him, for sure [switching coaches]. I’ve had my trainer now for 10 years. We know each other really well. We trust each other in and out of the ring.”
However, Wallin has full confidence he will get his hand raised and upset Joshua on Saturday.
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