World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua believes Tyson Fury will come out tops WBC holder against Deontay Wilder in their clash in Las Vegas on February 22.
Fury and Wilder drew in December 2018 despite the former appearing to get the better of the American, and all eyes will be on the pair when face-off again in just over a week’s time.
Joshua, who became a two-time unified heavyweight champion after beating Andy Ruiz Jr. earlier this year, could be set to take on the winner of the fight.
And speaking to PepTalkUK, backed Fury to emerge the winner.
“I think Fury wins,” he said. “A man who nearly done it the first time won’t get it wrong the second time. That’s the only reason why.
“I think that he came close the first time to the point of a draw. It wasn’t like a 12-round masterclass then got battered in the 12th and that just separated it. It was a draw, it was that close.
“So I just think Tyson Fury is going to correct his wrongs and come back and win. I don’t know what Wilder took away from the last fight he had with Tyson Fury. Who has he fought since then?
“At the end of the day I think Fury will win before he came so close first time and he wants his hands on the belt so he’ll probably go out there and do what he has to do to win this time.”
Fury has stated his belief that he will knock Wilder out in two rounds, but Joshua doubts he will be able to grab victory that quickly.
And when asked about Fury’s prediction, Joshua continued: “Nah, my opinion again, I’ve just never seen that in Fury anyway.
“And I don’t even think Wilder would knock Fury out in two rounds, if Wilder was to come and knock him out in two rounds, it’s not really that kind of party. Fury’s an elite-level boxer.”
“That’s all Fury has to remember, he punches hard, yeah, but he doesn’t punch hard enough to keep him down. He put him down but didn’t keep him down. That’s Fury’s mindset number one and Wilder just didn’t land his punches with enough authority to keep him down.
“Remember Fury came back from a long break as well so his body may not have been conditioned to withstand the impact. That’s why I think this time around he might be in a better position to get the win.”
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