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Boxing superstar Anthony Joshua has found his next opponent this week after NFL wide receiver A.J. Green decides to take his skills into the ring.
On Sunday in Jacksonville, Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green was involved in a fight with Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey in which he intelligently threw several punches at the helmet of his opponent. After watching the footage back later that evening, Green concluded that he had taken the wrong path in life and announced his retirement from the NFL to pursue a career as a professional boxer. Many writers labelled the move "idiotic" and "the worst idea ever", but Green fired back at the critics and was quoted in a recent press conference saying "...um, that's a bunch of bull**** man, them guys no nothing. It's not like fighting in a ring is any different to having a scrap with a guy on a football field in full pads." Jalen Ramsey also weighed in on the conversation as he tweeted this after hearing the news:
To make matters even more unbelievable, Green has decided to throw himself in at the deep-end by calling out current World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua to be his debut opponent. Most were slightly surprised to see Joshua even acknowledge the challenge but the sporting world went into complete meltdown when the Brit decided to formally accept Green's offer to put on the "Battle of the A.J.'s". Many experts are commenting that Joshua is likely using the Green fight as yet another excuse to avoid getting in the ring with American boxer Deontay Wilder, the only other man on the planet with a heavyweight belt, however Joshua's team claim that this had nothing to do with his decision.
With the recent news that Justin Timberlake has pulled out of doing the Super Bowl 52 halftime show due to a torn ACL, Green v Joshua will now be the interval entertainment in Minneapolis in February as it was feared that nobody would make the effort to watch it otherwise.
Green has revealed this morning that he will be coached by his former Bengals teammates Joe Mixon and Vontaze Burfict for the upcoming bout. The initial expert opinion on the fight is that Green will be in with a chance for most of the contest but will choke late on when it really matters.
Mowlem is a sports writer from Reading, United Kingdom. All articles are written by Reece Mowlem (unless stated otherwise).