Anthony Joshua is backing Tyson Fury to beat Deontay Wilder in their highly anticipated rematch this month.
After their controversial draw in December 2018, Fury and Wilder will meet for the second time in Las Vegas on February 22. Many believe Fury did enough to win the first fight on points, although he was forced to get up from the canvas on two occasions following knockdowns from Wilder.
But Joshua, who reclaimed his four world heavyweight titles by beating Andy Ruiz Jr in December, believes Fury is now in better shape to triumph later this month.
Asked who wins the rematch, Joshua said: ‘I think Fury wins. 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? I think [Dominic] Breazeale is a decent campaigner but he’s never been a world champion, neither has [Luis] Ortiz. Then to be fair, Fury hasn’t fought anyone decent either. Who knows… I’m trying to find logic behind what I’m saying. At the end of the day I think Fury will win because 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.’
Asked if Fury could knock Wilder out in two rounds, Joshua replied: ‘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. He can do that to Breazeale, he’s a lower-tier heavyweight, in my humble opinion, who is still progressing and when he came to the top level with me that was early on in my career he got beaten up in seven rounds, with Wilder what did he do him in – one or two rounds?
‘I just think Fury is a top-tier fighter, Fury can’t go in there and bang out Wilder, a top tier-fighter, and Wilder ain’t gonna go in there and bang out Fury. You saw the last fight, it took him 12 rounds to get a draw. They are top-tier fighters and none of them will be able to do it to each other. You’re used to those type of punches, Wilder can punch but he doesn’t punch hard enough to keep Fury down. 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.’Photo Credit: Getty