In an unexpected turn of events, Anthony Joshua, a well-known heavyweight boxing champion, has made a strong claim about a potential boxing match between soccer greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Joshua’s response to a question about his ideal matchup in the Misfits boxing league, which pits non-boxers against each other, raised many eyebrows and sparked a flurry of responses.
When asked about his ideal match during an interview, Joshua was asked if he could put together a fight between non-boxing figures. Joshua pointed to the titanic matchup between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and confidently predicted that Ronaldo would win.
“If you could make any fight on Misfits boxing, only personalities no boxers, what fight would you make? And who would win?”
“Ronaldo vs Messi. Ronaldo would win of course!”
— CristianoXtra (@CristianoXtra_) September 8, 2023
A boxing match between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, two of the greatest soccer players of all time, would undoubtedly be entertaining. Joshua’s vehement support of Ronaldo’s chances, however, raised questions and created a lot of buzz among sports fans.
Joshua’s decision-making process primarily revolves around physical characteristics. He commended Messi for possessing exceptional peripheral vision and the ability to “bob and weave,” attributes that experts frequently associate with accomplished boxers.
Nevertheless, he thinks Ronaldo would have the upper hand in the ring due to his superior physique. Ronaldo’s extraordinary athleticism, strength, and unwavering commitment to fitness have significantly contributed to his lengthy and fruitful career in soccer, earning him renown.
Now it’s physical?
As the debate on the field has been lost pic.twitter.com/bCtRdrPhas
— Emmanuel. (@T_ee_mex) September 8, 2023
Joshua’s comment has sparked a reaction on social media, with fans weighing in on his assessment. One fan commented, “Now it’s physical? As the debate on the field has been lost.” It denotes the accomplishments and abilities displayed by Messi on the soccer field
Another fan humorously chimed in by stating, “Only one KO is enough for Messi.”
Anthony Joshua’s inside-the-ring vision on Romelu Lukaku vs Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Joshua replied, “Yes, they don’t like each other anyway, do they?” to that.
Joshua acknowledged the fact that these two soccer stars don’t share warm feelings for each other, making it an ideal candidate for a “bad boy fight” that would undoubtedly capture the attention of fans across the globe.
Zlatan vs Lukaku in a ring. One on one.. Who wins? pic.twitter.com/hbX9suqYoL
— Uche Jombo (@uchejombo) January 26, 2021
While Ibrahimovic, a longtime player who finished his career with AC Milan, retired from soccer at the end of the previous season, Lukaku has established himself with Serie A club Inter Milan and has joined Roma on loan from Chelsea for this season.
While Anthony Joshua is thinking about potential fantasy matches, his current attention is on his upcoming fight. Before the end of 2023, the two-time world champion will square off against Deontay Wilder in a high-profile match in Saudi Arabia.