Deontay Wilder has suggested Anthony Joshua could become the ‘next Muhammad Ali’ even if he loses his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr on December 7.
Ruiz stunned Joshua and the boxing world in one of the biggest upsets in the sport’s history when he handed the British heavyweight his first defeat and took his WBA, IBF & WBO world heavyweight titles from him back in June.
WBC champion Wilder believes the result will be the same when the pair meet again in Saudi Arabia in a few weeks time, but insists AJ’s career will be far from over.
Wilder told SunSport: “A lot of people say ‘If he loses the second time he’s done’ – no he’s not!
“He’s not done, that’s up to him, how many people have come back and reigned?
“Look at Muhammad Ali, he reigned for longer in his second time as champion than he did the first time, that’s how you become a two or three-time champion.
“So it’s not over when you lose. You just have to start from the beginning.”