David Johnson never shirked a challenge when it come to scoring goals for Nottingham Forest. Last night, however, he has a scathing assessment of Anthony Joshua following his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.
The British heavyweight was beaten by unanimous decision, losing his IBF, WBA and WBO titles. It was the second time he has lost following his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr.
This wasn’t pretty for the AJ fan base. The Ukrainian destroyed Joshua on home soil, outboxing, outthinking and ultimately, outclassing the Englishman.
A unification fight with Tyson Fury had been mooted beforehand. On this showing, however, that fight now looks a pipedream, with Britain likely to be robbed of the showdown.
Former Forest striker Johnson wasn’t impressed. His son Brennan helped the Reds claim a 1-1 draw against Millwall and afterwards, watched on as Joshua’s crown slipped.
After the fight, Johnson had some brutal words regarding Joshua and his abject display at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. He suggested that Fury would be far too good for AJ should they ever fight.
Does former Forest man have a point about AJ?
On last night’s showing, you have to say he does. Joshua was disappointing throughout and Usyk completely bossed him from start to finish.
A rematch clause was inserted and Eddie Hearn has implied that AJ will trigger it. Honestly, it’s hard to say a chance in the result given just how good Usyk was in London last night.
Johnson has a point. The former Forest man used the term ‘average’ but being honest, the ex-striker is being kind to use such an assessment.
Forest did improve yesterday under Steve Cooper and the hope will be that the team can kick on in the coming games.
For AJ it’s back to the drawing board and who knows what the future holds for Britain’s former heavyweight champion of the world.