Anthony Joshua has backed Deontay Wilder to knockout Tyson Fury in their trilogy fight next month.
Fury will make the first defence of his WBC heavyweight title on October 9 when he fights Wilder in Las Vegas.
The original July 24 date for the trilogy was scrapped after Fury and members of his training camp contracted Covid-19 .
Fury and Wilder fought to a controversial split draw in their first meeting, but ‘The Gypsy King’ dominated the rematch and handed Wilder his first professional loss.
Joshua – who faces undefeated Oleksandr Usyk this Saturday night – recently gave his prediction on the trilogy whilst talking to reporters on a video conference earlier this week.
He said: “I’m not too bothered. Let’s go with Wilder because he seems obsessed like he really wants it.
“He seems really focused on the task ahead, so, you know, a focused man is a dangerous man, and he’s focused. Wilder might get the decision. Actually, no. It has to be a knockout. One of them will knock the other out.”
Joshua will hope to defend his heavyweight titles against the former unified cruiserweight champion Usyk and set up a fight with Fury.
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The two British heavyweights were scheduled to fight on August 14 in Saudi Arabia, but their title clash was cancelled after an arbitration judge ruled in favour of Wilder’s trilogy against Fury.
And he said of his fight with Usyk: “Let’s give Oleksandr Usyk credit because I wouldn’t want to be in the ring with me. I swear to God, I wouldn’t want to be in the ring with someone like me. I’m very competitive, and good luck to him Saturday.”
Boxing fans have been pressing for a fight between Fury and Joshua for years, but Joshua says he will fight whoever wins on October 9 .
He said of Fury: “We both have important fights in our career, both 50-50 fights as well, which is really good for boxing at the end of the day.
“I’ve got a rematch clause if the worse happens. I’m not too sure of Fury’s situation, so I lose I’m fighting Usyk again. The undisputed gets put on hold. If I win, I’ll fight either one of them. If Fury wins, I’ll fight Fury. But If Wilder wins, I’ll fight Wilder.
“If Fury wins and doesn’t take the fight with me because on his (stated) hit list — he said he wants to fight Dillian [Whyte] first or [Derek] Chisora — then I’ll fight Wilder.
“Both have been champions. Both good fighters, and I’ll fight any of them any time, win, lose or draw.”
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