Tyson Fury is feeling as confident as ever about his proposed fight with Anthony Joshua this year, predicting it will not go past the third round.
fThe mammoth contest between the two British world heavyweight champions is being targeted for spring or early summer this year, with a rematch likely to follow.
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Nothing is signed just yet and there are hurdles to clear before contracts are inked, but both teams are fully focussed on this bout and it is expected to come to fruitition.
Fury has been in contact with his coach, SugarHill Steward, and is clearly buoyed by the chat they have had about the upcoming bout.
The American was in Fury’s corner when the Gypsy King knocked out Deontay Wilder in February this year, and the Englishman is expecting an even more dominant performance against AJ.
‘Tyson Fury, the Gypsy King, the heavyweight champion of the world. Yes!’ Fury said on a Twitter video.
‘Just got off the phone from SugarHill Steward in America. We’re going to smash AJ!
‘One round, two rounds, three rounds, gone. Can’t wait!
Joshua is not short of confidence himself, telling the Guardian in December: ‘I want to take his head off his shoulders when that fight happens. I’m sure that I’ll win.’
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has not been bullish about his fighter’s prospect, but does give AJ the edge over Fury.
‘It’s a very tough fight to call, it’s 50-50, but I give my man the edge,’ Hearn told the Pugg and Copp Boxing Show. ‘I believe he has the speed and the power. Styles do make fights, and Fury is going to be tricky for anyone.
‘But AJ is not Deontay Wilder. You’re not going to be able to bore him off and keep him at bay. This [Joshua] is a big, strong heavyweight that likes to fight on the inside, likes to fight on the outside.
‘His jab is underrated, his feet are underrated, all of these things, and he punches very hard. He needs to get in there and amongst it, and he needs to set it off on Tyson Fury early in the fight.’
Talks are ongoing over the huge fight for Joshua’s WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles and Fury’s WBC and Ring Magazine belt, with an announcement hoped for in February.
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