Anthony Joshua hits back at Deontay Wilder's scathing criticism of Ruiz victory

Anthony Joshua has hit back at Deontay Wilder following his rival’s scathing criticism of his performance against Andy Ruiz.

The British heavyweight regained his IBF, WBO and WBA (Super) titles in a measured and discipline performance over 12 rounds.

Wilder, who is unbeaten and the reigning WBC champion, slammed Joshua’s tactics for the Ruiz clash and insisted he ‘ran’ away from his opponent.

Joshua was handed a wide points victory by all three judges, 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109, and the two-time champion dismissed Wilder’s assessment of his display against Ruiz.

‘That’s Wilder’s opinion,’ Joshua told the Athletic.

‘A lot of people don’t have a good bone in their body to say a positive thing anyway.

‘I outboxed the heavyweight champion of the world for 12 rounds. I don’t think I lost a round.

‘Maybe one… I come in there with a great game plan, I’m successful. Isn’t that good enough?

‘You can’t box to keep everyone happy; you have to box for the win. And I feel like when I’m at home celebrating, he’s there talking about negativity.

‘Negative energy breeds failure so I’m just going to keep a positive mindset and build on that victory.’

Wilder said in the wake of Joshua’s return to champion status that he believes a unification with AJ will never happen.

Fight fans are desperate to see AJ clash with his direct rivals and Joshua insisted he was still open to fighting Wilder.

‘With or without Wilder we’re still going to break records,’ Joshua said, ‘but if Wilder really wants to put his name down in the history books, I think that he should come see us.’

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