Australian heavyweight Lucas Browne has his hands full as he aims to extend his unbeaten record against Dillian Whyte.
During their press conference, which took place in London, the rivals continued the trash talk ahead of their clash on March 24.
The 38-year-old heavy-hitter has admitted it’s exciting times to be in the mix of an open heavyweight division, though, doesn’t believe it touches previous generations.
Speaking exclusively to World Boxing News, he said: “With the rise of Wilder and AJ, it really has sort of came back.
“I don’t think it’s quite at the level of when I was growing up when you had Tyson, Lewis, Holyfield etc – but as long as we’re having good competitive fights then it’s great.
“I don’t like the fact that some fighters keep running and hiding to keep their ‘0’ intact.
“If people fought each other then it’d make it more exciting for the boxers and the fans and there’d be more money in it for everyone as well.”
Asked to elaborate on who was ducking fighters, the former WBA champion added: “Joshua has been very well groomed, well managed, well promoted, and everything else. He could have had harder fights.”
Browne also questioned the level of opponents fought by WBC king Deontay Wilder.
“Wilder at the same time, he was fighting someone when he was 32-0 that I fought at 14-0 in Jason Gavern for example. Wilder doesn’t have the skill to go in against the big boys but he 100% can hit.
“A lot of these boys need to get tested by some of the bigger fellas and take on the big punchers before claiming they are the best,” he concluded.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95